A Man Escaped 1956
Lieutenant Fontaine (Francois Leterrier), a Resistance fighter captured by the Gestapo after bombing a bridge, is on his way to imprisonment at a Gestapo facility in Lyon. He attempts to escape from the car transporting him, but is quickly caught and beaten. So begins his march towards certain death at the hands of an impromptu firing squad. Or so we'd think.

On the verge of despair, a small glimmer of hope offered by a fellow prisoner—the opportunity to sneak a note out of the prison back to his Resistance cel—gives him the strength to not go quietly. He immediately begins to plan an escape, impossible as it seems. Quietly, he meticulously plans every aspect of the escape, and slowly chips away at the heavy wooden door of his cell. Finally, the tools he needs to execute his escape are made, his door is penetrated, and his plan is clear. However, he suddenly lacks the will to go ahead with the escape, knowing that failure means death.

His decision becomes easier, and his will is fortified, when he is notified that he is, in fact, guilty of all charges against him, and will be executed forthwith. Now, he has no choice at all—it's escape or die. Things are complicated, however. Is the quiet man in the cell next door to him, who doesn't respond to his attempts to communicate, going to rat him out? What about the young boy prisoner the Gestapo makes his cellmate right before his planned escape? Do they know something? Is the boy a Gestapo spy? Will Fontaine have to kill him?

Director: Robert Bresson
Cast: Francois Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
Country: France
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War

• "Bresson: Without a Trace", a 1965 episode of the television program Cineastes de notre temps in which the director gives his first on-camera interview (1:07:31)
• "The Road to Bresson", a 1984 documentary featuring interviews with filmmakers Louis Malle, Paul Schrader, and Andrei Tarkovsky (56:22)
• "The Essence of Forms", a documentary from 2010 in which collaborators and admirers of Bresson’s, including actor Franзois Leterrier and director Bruno Dumont, share their thoughts about the director and his work (45:56)
• "Functions of Film Sound", a new visual essay on the use of sound in A Man Escaped, with text by film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson (19:48)
• Trailer (3:10)

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:40:51 | 6.60 Gb + 7.58 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English

Download A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth / Un condamne a mort s'est echappe ou Le vent souffle ou il veut (1956) 2 x DVD9 Criterion Collection:



BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:40:58 | 44.4 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English

DVD9 (Artificial Eye) | PAL 4:3 | 01:36:40 | 6.53 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English

• 1984 documentary about Bresson's work: 'The Road to Bresson'(54:02)
• Bresson Filmography

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