A Man Escaped (Directors Suite) (1956)

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A film by Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson's critical and commercial triumph A MAN ESCAPED is a stunningly beautiful drama which is also one of the most tense and thrilling films ever made!

Based on the true story of a French activist who escaped his Nazi prison hours before he was due to be executed, Bresson's film centers on Fontaine, who is imprisoned by the Nazis in occupied France. Desperate to escape, Fontaine plans his liberation in painstaking detail: creating ingenious tools from objects in his sparse cell, carefully memorising the habits of prison life, discreetly communicating with his fellow inmates. But Fontaine's measured preparations are jeopardised when he is given a new cellmate, Jost, who is confusingly attired in both German and French military uniforms. Will he entrust his carefully laid plans to this potential stool pigeon, or will he eliminate the possibility of being discovered?

Leaving audiences squarely on the edges of their seats for its duration, A MAN ESCAPED is one of the most thrilling, tense and atmospheric films ever made, imbued with an aesthetic poetry which is entirely Bresson's own.

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François Leterrier
Charles Le Clainche
Maurice Beerblock
Roland Monod
Jacques Ertaud
Jean Paul Delhumeau
Roger Treherne
Jean Philippe Delamarre
César Gattegno
Jacques Oerlemans
Klaus Detlef Grevenhorst
Leonhard Schmidt
Roger Planchon
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Robert Bresson
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
Drama 1956 96:38 (Case: 99) 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC) 4
Full Frame
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Audio Commentary-by Ross Gibson, Prof. of Contemporary Arts, Uni. of Sydney
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