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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 ...
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Leonhard Schmidt ...
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Roger Planchon ...
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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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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 »

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Le lieutenant Fontaine: I think my courage abandoned me for a moment and I cried.
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Great Mass in C Minor, No.16 (K.427) - Kyrie
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A superb but suffocating prisoner-of-war drama
17 June 2000 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

An excellent war movie portraying the final days & months of a convicted French officer trying to escape from a German Prison and a pending execution during WWII.

For the majority of the film we are like a fly-on-the-wall observing Lieutenant Fontaine (François Leterrier) come to terms with the fact that he is going to be shot very soon and that no one other than himself is going to come to his rescue.

In addition we share the confined cell with our pessimistic officer. Understatement swamps every scene - but this is very much a good thing. There are no heroics, loud explosions of gunfire, flag waving jingoism or tightened-square jaws here...this is very much reality.

Neither is director Bresson concerned about hurrying the film along. Instead every scene is measured to precision; every camera angle is clearly pre-defined; and every emotion & inner doubt from Leterrier is emphasised very simply.

The film is so claustrophobic that you feel you want to gasp for air such is the tightness of the cinematography and the relatively slow pacing of the plan to escape. But you can't break free, you want to stick with Leterrier and mentally urge him to escape from his appointment with the firing squad.

The last 20 minutes is perhaps marginally weaker compared to the rest of the film and Bresson does have an annoying habit of playing the same extract of dreary music when our prisoner wonders whether his escape attempt will ever happen.

BUT you must somehow track down this film. It is a classic film-noir with a heavy European styling, understated but consuming & passionate.

*****/*****


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