Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: A Man Escaped (1956)

Film: A Man Escaped (135/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

In this simple story of a Frenchman attempting to escape his cell at the hands of Germans during World War II, the protagonist's unwavering focus and precision is key. Director Robert Bresson famously used "non-actors" and his stories are fairly minimalist, stripping our focus away from everything else but the main character's mission. It walks us through every step: exactly how he chips away at the door, how to make a grappling hook, how he seeks out allies in his quest. I admire Bresson's confidence in telling such a minimal story and telling it well. I also really enjoyed the use of Mozart; his music accompanies this film so well.

Having said all that, it did feel a little draggy at parts, and I think it would've worked really well as a short film. Then again, I'm biased because I reeeeeally love short films. But it was a worthwhile watch, and a must-see for fans of Bresson.

No comments:

Post a Comment