A Man Escaped (1956) – Robert Bresson

A Man Escaped, not a man escaping, which is what the film actually shows. Bresson is that master of how things work and here we get “How to Break out of a Nazi prison in France in 1943.” Every Bresson movie is an existential exercise and perhaps none more than this one. Emotions and “acting” are done away with here as always and all we see are the actions; taking apart a door with a spoon, turning a bed sheet into a rope. It’s fascinating and this is Bresson at his best.

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