A Man Escaped (Un condamné à mort s’est échappé, Bresson, 1956)

Shawshank’s got nothing on this prison break movie. The most straightforward Bresson I have yet seen – and quite likely my favourite. The story is exceptionally well told, and the acting is top notch. Bresson has reassured my thoughts that he is the most efficient director ever; there is not a single word, frame, or camera movement that is not carefully chosen, and he covers in 100 minutes what some directors need 3 hours. I highly recommend this to any fans of Shawshank Redemption, Midnight Express, Prison Break or the like; the intricacies of this prison escape, as well as it’s realism – it’s a faithful true story – blows them out of the water. It’s also a good starting point if you’re new to Bresson, since it’s much more accessible than his others (at least that I’ve seen). This or L’argent would be a good entry point, the latter being in colour.

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About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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