Perfectly formed, deceptively simple, unsentimental and heart-stoppingly tense. The determined focus on the material world, the succinct interactions and especially the refusal to preach meaning or interpretation, all these elements combine to create an open and powerful viewing experience, both emotionally and intellectually. Magnificent.
A minimalist work of powerful and dramatic precision. Bresson tells the story of a prison break without any contrivance nor decoration, with naturalism and painstaking attention to the sound, the enviroment, and the main character's thoughts. the suspense is nail-biting, and the subject matter is profound. cinema in its purest form.
Bresson is so Bressonian! His films make "Dickensian" seem cheerful. If you really want to plunge into the depth of despair, watch "Mouchette". All of Bresson's films are great! "Au Hasard, Balthazar" is unquestionably the greatest donkey movie ever made. There are other films about donkeys, but Bresson's is the final word.
I was glad at the end when the music kept playing for a minute but the screen went black. Gave me time to compose myself; realize I'd been holding my breath; relax my muscles... It's a physiology I'm usually manipulated into, via well-worn cinematic devices. It's another thing entirely to arrive there organically, honestly; seemingly in utter contrast to Bresson's understated everything*. Truly, the work of a master.
A paradox: A materialistic film about dirt, wood and steel that may just be the most metaphysical of all films. If the imagery is the present and the sound is the future, then where is the "cinematographe"? Every sound feels like the wheels of fate turning and leading us into the reality of the narration.
Cinematography by Léonce-Henri Burel. I kept in memory the impressive list-frames of the graded tasks that would lead the protagonist to escape, but had forgotten the moment in the roof of the prison when he waits for Grace to help him eliminate the Nazi guard. In that waiting the film follows his time as if it was also awaiting for faith to help the crime. In the end, the smoke of death trains lead him to life.
the will of a man reflected in his hands and in his inner voice - bresson as the true materialist and spiritualist - believing as much in the action as in the thought of men - in the image as in the sound of cinema.
Based on a true story, Robert Bresson's gripping tale of a French prisoner who plots a daring escape from a Nazi prison during WWII is a masterclass in creating suspense. Simple, methodical, and almost unbearably intense, A MAN ESCAPED is the great jailbreak film, a work of immense efficiency and assurance. Bresson's pared down, naturalist aesthetic serves to create tension out of the most mundane elements. Brilliant