Au hasard Balthazar 1966
Bresson's greatest masterpiece, one of the best films ever made, is an astonishing simple tale about innocence and purity in the harsh world of reality. It's a profoundly heart-breaking human-nature drama about animal as the holy one. This stark parable features a donkey in rural France who is given the name of Balthazar (one of the Three Wise Men) by his gentle first keeper Marie, daughter of a recalcitrant teacher prone to making the same mistakes over and over. As Balthazar's passed onto different owners he will be a witness to mankind's cruelty as well as being a victim. Balthazar takes mankind's ignorance in with a reserved calm and silence, not understanding what is happening but remaining grounded in his pure nature as a noble beast of burden throughout.

Director: Robert Bresson
Cast: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, Francois Lafarge
Country: France, Sweden
Genre: Drama

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:35:22 | 7.53 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English

• Video interview with film scholar Donald Richie (13:39)
• "Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson", a 1966 French TV program about the film featuring Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and members of Au hasard Balthazar’s cast and crew (1:02:00 - with optional English subtitles)
• Original theatrical trailer

Download Au hasard Balthazar (1966) DVD9 Criterion Collection:


BD25 | 1080p AVC | 01:35:28 | 23 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English, Espanol

• Trailer

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