Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

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Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)
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This compelling, thrilling tale of courage and faith recounts a Resistance fighter?s daring escape from a Nazi prison, just hours before he was to be executed. Based on a true story, the film meticulously details Lieutenant Fontaine?s preparations for escape. With stealth and precision, he puts into action a plan as suspenseful as anything out of Hitchcock. At the height of his powers, using non-professional actors and a rigorously spare style, acclaimed director Robert Bresson (Pickpocket, Lancelot of The Lake) created a radiantly intense classic that became an inspiration for the New Wave. New Yorker Video

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

French Resistance activist Andre Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis, and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape. Then, on the same day, he is condemned to death, and given a new cellmate. Should he kill him, or risk revealing his plans to someone who may be a Gestapo informer? (http://imdb.com/title/tt0049902/plotsummary)

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

"This story is true," reads the opening statement of A Man Escaped. "I give it as it is, without embellishment." Based on the memoir by Andre Devigny, a member of the French Resistance imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Gestapo during the German occupation, Bresson (himself at one time a German POW) transforms Devigny's daring escape into an ascetic film of documentary detail….

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

Kept in a tiny stone cell with a high window and a thick wooden door, the prisoner (renamed Fontaine in the film) makes himself intimate with his world–every surface of his room, every sound reverberating through the hall, and every detail of the prison's layout that he can absorb in brief sojourns from his cell. Bresson magnifies every detail with insistent close-ups and detailed examinations of every step of Fontaine's plan, from constructing and hiding ropes and hooks to painstakingly carving out an exit in the heavy cell door, and provides a sort of Greek chorus of fellow prisoners….

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)

This is Bresson's first film to feature a completely nonprofessional cast drilled to master precise movements and deliver lines without dramatic inflection. The effect is a drama where the slightest gesture carries the weight of a confession. Bresson's films are not for everybody, and this austere picture hardly carries the visceral punch of The Great Escape, but it's a drama of profound power, with a gripping climax that's as absorbing and tense as any high-energy action film. (–Sean Axmaker - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com)

Robert Bresson-Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956)