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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.

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writers:

André Devigny (memoir), Robert Bresson (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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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:
François Leterrier ... Le lieutenant Fontaine
Charles Le Clainche Charles Le Clainche ... François Jost
Maurice Beerblock Maurice Beerblock ... Blanchet
Roland Monod Roland Monod ... Le pasteur Deleyris
Jacques Ertaud Jacques Ertaud ... Orsini
Jean Paul Delhumeau Jean Paul Delhumeau ... Hebrard
Roger Treherne Roger Treherne ... Terry
Jean Philippe Delamarre Jean Philippe Delamarre ... Le prisonnier 10
Jacques Oerlemans Jacques Oerlemans ... Le gardien-chef
Klaus Detlef Grevenhorst Klaus Detlef Grevenhorst ... L'officier de L'Abwehr
Leonhard Schmidt Leonhard Schmidt ... Le garde de l'escorte
Roger Planchon ... Le garde cycliste
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Storyline

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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Robert Bresson's Prize Winning Film

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

26 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Le lieutenant Fontaine: [Narrating, as he and other prisoners go back to their cells after a short break outside] Time to empty our slop pails and run a little water over our faces, then back to our cells for the entire day. With nothing to do, no news and in terrible solitude, we were 100 unfortunates awaiting our fate. I had no illusions about my own. If I could only escape, run away...
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Referenced in Cinéastes de notre temps: Bresson ni vu ni connu (1965) See more »

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Great Mass in C Minor, No.16 (K.427) - Agnus Dei
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Was there ever a sparer, more concentrated film?
13 August 1999 | by allyjackSee 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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