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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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26 August 1957 (USA)  »

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 »

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) - Agnus Dei
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Triumph on Minimal Material in Realism
20 January 2004 | by (Chiba City, Japan) – See all my reviews

The stoically minimized material, a man's precisely prepared, calculated, and then executed escape from a Nazi-prison, effectively builds up an astonishingly intense tension. (For that matter, only similar film I can recall is Cluzot's Wages of Fear, made a couple of years earlier.) In this very quiet A Man Escaped, only music is sporadically inserted Mozart, but it might have worked better without any music.

Bresson audaciously began realism and stood alone in pre-New-Wave France, but left tremendous influences on generations of filmmakers to come.


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