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A Man Escaped (1956)

Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 August 1957 (USA)
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A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Le lieutenant Fontaine
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
... 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 in Lyon, France. Facing malnourishment and paralyzing fear, he must plot an extraordinary escape, complicated by the questions of whom to trust, and what lies beyond the small portion of the prison they are housed in. Written by Sam Spector

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jailbreak | cell | prison | escape | nazi | See All (56) »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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After seeing the film, Jean-Luc Godard said that Bresson was "to French cinema what Mozart is to German music and Dostoevsky is to Russian literature". See more »

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Le lieutenant Fontaine: I laughed nervously which soothed me.
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Great Mass in C Minor, No.16 (K.427) - Kyrie
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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The sound, the sound!
13 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie, perhaps above all others, exemplifies just how important sound is in cinema. In fact, sounds (excluding dialogue) help carry the plot as much as the visuals and dialogue.

The crunching of the gravel under their feet really creates a sense of realism to the story. If you or I were escaping from prison, all the sounds Fontaine must pay attention to we must as well.

I doubt you'll find this film at your local video store, but I encourage everyone to check it out. It's like the Shawshank of the 1950s.


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