Man Escaped, A* (Un Condamne a mort s'est echappe)

  • 1956 ----- b & w ----- 101 min ----- vhs///
  • (Directed by Robert Bresson, screenplay by Robert Bresson based on the memoirs of André Devigny; with Francois Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod) A French Resistance activist is imprisoned by the Nazis and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape. "In this country, escape is a theme for action movies, but the French director, Robert Bresson, is famous for his uncompromising methods, and having been a prisoner of the Nazis himself, he is not disposed to treat his material--André Devigny's account of his escape from the Montluc fortress prison--lightly. Bresson's hero's ascetic, single-minded dedication to escape is almost mystic, and the fortress constitutes a world as impersonal and as isolated as Kafka's."--Pauline Kael [Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature] (In French with English subtitles) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Europe, History: European, Motion Pictures: Features, Political Science: European, Romance Languages and Literature, War and Peace)