L'argent 1983
Based on the novella The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy, L’Argent (Money) is the story of a counterfeit bill that would shape the lives of the various individuals it would encounter. Written for the screen and directed by Robert Bresson, the film is an exploration of money and the ills that it can bring into humanity all through a forged bill made as a prank that goes horribly wrong.

The tale Bresson spins is relatively faithful to Tolstoy's (though updated to contemporary France). A forged bill is passed on to a hapless soul who is powerless to fight the punishment he receives after unwittingly passing on the fake money. Losing his job and any reasonable prospect of employment to support his wife and child, he takes on the job of a getaway driver during a heist. He is caught, sentenced to prison and loses his child to a fatal illness and his wife who decides to move on and begin a new life. Upon his eventual release from prison, he has nothing. His soul seems drained and his actions become increasingly violent.

Director: Robert Bresson
Actors: Christian Patey, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Michel Briguet, Vincent Risterucci, Caroline Lang
Country: France, Switzerland
Genre: Crime, Drama

L'argent (1983) Criterion Collection
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BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC | 01:24:50 | 43.6 Gb + 7.13 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English

Extras:

1983 Cannes Press Conference - presented here is a filmed half-hour press conference for L'argent featuring Robert Bresson and his film. There are some very interesting exchanges between the legendary director and journalists and actors in which he discusses and occasionally even defends his stylistic preferences and even working methods. The press conference was filmed after a screening of L'argent at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 1983. In French and English, with optional English subtitles where necessary. (31 min, 1080p).

"L'argent," A to Z - presented here is a brand new essay, written and narrated by James Quandt, that focuses on Robert Bresson's unique style and the conception of L'argent (with some very interesting comments about the differences between the film and Leo Tolstoy's novella that inspired it). In English, not subtitled. (51 min, 1080p).

Trailer - original French trailer for L'argent. (1 min, 1080p).

L'argent (1983) Artificial Eye
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DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:20:47 | 6.57 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano

Extras:
• TF1 Interview with Robert Bresson
• TSR Interview with Robert Bresson
• Marguerite Duras on Bresson
• Trailer

Download L'argent / Money (1983) DVD9:

Argent.Money.1983.UK.part1.rar
Argent.Money.1983.UK.part2.rar

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