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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

Certificate:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Le lieutenant Fontaine: I laughed nervously which soothed me.
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Referenced in Národ sobe aneb Ceské more v osmnácti prílivech (2003) See more »

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Great Mass in C Minor, No.16 (K.427) - Agnus Dei
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One of the Early Best Films of the 50's
5 June 2002 | by oslojSee all my reviews

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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