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      A Man Escaped

      Released Aug 26, 1957 1h 42m Action List
      100% Tomatometer 43 Reviews 93% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In a film based on the writings of French Resistance fighter and POW André Devigny, Fontaine (François Leterrier) is being held by the Nazis at Fort Montluc. When he gets word that he's scheduled for execution, Fontaine channels his energy into hatching a plan to break out. His plan is interrupted when he is assigned a new roommate. Fontaine grudgingly brings the newcomer in on the escape effort, which involves homespun weapons and an intricate knowledge of the layout of the prison itself. Read More Read Less

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      A Man Escaped is blockbuster Bresson, a well-acted POW drama that builds with subtle, seat-gripping tension.

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      Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune Bresson's [film] is both the most realistic and the most poetic of jailbreak films. Rated: 4/4 Feb 5, 2019 Full Review Lawrence O'Toole Entertainment Weekly It is Bresson's unadorned, almost ascetic style that lifts the tale beyond a genre piece. Rated: A+ Mar 5, 2013 Full Review David Parkinson Empire Magazine Bresson's masterpiece is still a pinnacle in French cinema. Rated: 5/5 Mar 5, 2013 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills Man Escaped is a meticulously detailed, pokerfaced chronicle... Mar 12, 2024 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand ... a mesmerizing meeting of opposites: a prison escape thriller directed by the austere, introspective Robert Bresson. Dec 16, 2023 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies Robert Bresson was one of the most original and influential filmmakers in cinema history. “A Man Escaped” is an exhibition of his unique style and approach. Rated: 4.5/5 Aug 19, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mohamed K a towering achievement in world cinema, a film that transcends its wartime setting to speak to the timeless struggles and triumphs of the human spirit. With its mesmerizing visuals, haunting score, and profound thematic depth, it is a work of art that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll. Bresson's masterpiece is not just a film to be watched, but a profound meditation on the nature of existence and the eternal quest for freedom and meaning. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/12/24 Full Review Jack V Interesting true story, but doesn't make for a very engaging movie. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 07/14/23 Full Review Pragya Kirti R The most realistic and artistic prison escape film I've ever watched! Bresson never uses agression and sensational elements to brush up the screenplay or theme. He rather builds tension through calmness, patience or by and large realism. His direction is daring, captivating and profound. Screenplay and narration are tight and flawlessly engaging, It never runs out of suspense or it never lets you know about the forthcoming events. Score is highly dynamic and effective, It elevates the emotions of the character and the plot. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/16/23 Full Review elana k The meticulous detail might seem to drag on; yet I was helplessly hooked and unable to let go right until the end. "Jost" was the first sound of freedom. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/24/23 Full Review dave s In A Man Escaped, Robert Bresson wastes no time with backstories, excessive character development, or secondary storylines. Set in 1943 France, a resistance fighter named Fontane (Francois Leterrier) is being held prisoner by the Nazis. Fontane has two objectives – escape and freedom. Bresson, as always, dispenses with anything extraneous and focuses on nothing other than Fontane's preparations for his escape. Despite the lack, for the most part, of a tension-building score or any other bells and whistles to build suspense, the tension is palpable throughout, but especially over the final twenty minutes. There isn't a moment in the film that doesn't feel real. A Man Escaped is Robert Bresson at his best. And that's saying something. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review jim b The single most boring movie I have ever seen, at least that I can recall. Nevermind the "YOU MUST LIKE THIS" type of thing attached to this movie - the whole pretentious thing of liking this movie as a status symbol of how "cool" you are. This was absolutely terrible. SOPORIFIC is the word I use to describe this. Just horrible, an absolute waste of time. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In a film based on the writings of French Resistance fighter and POW André Devigny, Fontaine (François Leterrier) is being held by the Nazis at Fort Montluc. When he gets word that he's scheduled for execution, Fontaine channels his energy into hatching a plan to break out. His plan is interrupted when he is assigned a new roommate. Fontaine grudgingly brings the newcomer in on the escape effort, which involves homespun weapons and an intricate knowledge of the layout of the prison itself.
      Director
      Robert Bresson
      Producer
      Alain Poiré, Jean Thuillier
      Distributor
      New Yorker Films
      Production Co
      Gaumont, Nouvelle France Productions
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 26, 1957, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 17, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 42m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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