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

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War | 26 August 1957 (USA)
Captured French Resistance fighter Lieutenant Fontaine awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison. Facing malnourishment and paralyzing fear, he must engineer an ... See full summary »

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Charles Le Clainche ...
François Jost
Maurice Beerblock ...
Blanchet
Roland Monod ...
Le pasteur Deleyris
Jacques Ertaud ...
Orsini
Jean Paul Delhumeau ...
Hebrard
Roger Treherne ...
Terry
Jean Philippe Delamarre ...
Le prisonnier 10
Jacques Oerlemans ...
Le gardien-chef
Klaus Detlef Grevenhorst ...
L'officier de L'Abwehr
Leonhard Schmidt ...
Le garde de l'escorte
Roger Planchon ...
Le garde cycliste
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Captured French Resistance fighter Lieutenant Fontaine awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison. Facing malnourishment and paralyzing fear, he must engineer an extraordinary escape, complicated by the questions of whom to trust, and in the absence of options, how to kill? Written by Sam Spector

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Also Known As:

A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth  »

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This forms the first of a loose trilogy by Robert Bresson of prison pictures, with the other films being "Pickpocket" and "The Trial of Joan of Arc". See more »

Quotes

Le lieutenant Fontaine: Do you believe in luck?
François Jost: I used to. It didn't work out.
Le lieutenant Fontaine: Maybe you're the one who blew it.
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Great Mass in C Minor, No.16 (K.427) - Kyrie
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Was there ever a sparer, more concentrated film?
13 August 1999 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

Was there ever a sparer, more concentrated film? The painstaking focus on the ritual-like preparation for the escape is almost wrenching in its calm severity; yet always graceful, always fluid. The details of the final escape make for one of the most memorable sequences in cinema - interspersed with episodes of doubt in which he falters for hours or more before taking the next step, just as he delays the escape itself for many days even though he knows his execution is imminent. It's almost like a sombre dance with death, or at least a morally exacting examination of one's limits and a fear of the transcendent (which in this case is represented merely by freedom itself). There are no moments of light relief or variation here, just an attention to process and causality - the concentration on the plan almost becomes a means of redemption, until carrying out the plan becomes almost superfluous if not destructive. Of all Bresson's films, this is the one that best engages on a thematic level while simultaneously working as narrative - his distilled gravity constitutes a fantastically effective suspense mechanism; a model of tight storytelling.


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