Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)

***½
France

Certainly it contains more thought and humanity than the traditional prison movie - or at least it contains Mozart's Mass in C Minor (the tune of choice to accompany the emptying of slop buckets) rather than a boom-boom Hollywood orchestra. Also, crucial deaths and events are staged off-screen so that they may linger in your mind more pointedly. But precisely to what extent the minutia of Gestapo prison life (and escape) evoke God's absence or presence in one's soul may ultimately depend on the individual viewer.

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