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

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Captured French Resistance fighter Andre Devigny 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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Complete credited cast:
François Leterrier ...
Charles Le Clainche ...
François Jost
Maurice Beerblock ...
Roland Monod ...
Le pasteur Deleyris
Jacques Ertaud ...
Jean Paul Delhumeau ...
Roger Treherne ...
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


Captured French Resistance fighter Andre Devigny 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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Release Date:

26 August 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Le lieutenant Fontaine: I laughed nervously which soothed me.
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One of the Early Best Films of the 50's

This film is absolutely wonderful but when examined closer, it is merely a simple film and that is the main power. In what it is trying to express, a man who attempts to escape from a Gestapo prison camp, it relates to the existential values at the time. I have never seen a more crisp telling of a drama told in straight forward narrative and easy dialog. What is at the basis of this fabulous Bresson film is man's determinism in the face of imprisonment. Truly recommended.

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