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A Man Escaped (1956)
"Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut" (original title)

 -  Drama | Thriller | War  -  26 August 1957 (USA)
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French Resistance activist Andre Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis, and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape. Then, on the same day, he is condemned to death, and given... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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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 ...
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Roger Planchon ...
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French Resistance activist Andre Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis, and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape. Then, on the same day, he is condemned to death, and given a new cellmate. Should he kill him, or risk revealing his plans to someone who may be a Gestapo informer? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Also Known As:

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

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Bresson insisted on complete authenticity. Original author Andre Devigny served as adviser on the film, which was actually shot in the same Montluc prison where he was incarcerated. Devigny also loaned Bresson the ropes and hooks he had used in his escape. See more »

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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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