Film - Feature | March 8 | 3:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
With a lecture from Jeffrey Skoller
François Leterrier, Charles LeClainche, Maurice Beerblock,
A Man Escaped is pure film existentialism. From a newspaper account by a Resistance leader who escaped from a Nazi prison in Lyon just hours before he was to be executed, Bresson created a film in which the drama is all internal. Minimizing the drama of prison life, paradoxically he maximizes its intensity, concentrating on his character Fontaines solitude, and on prison relationships in which a tap on the wall, a whisper in the washroom, are bridges to anothers soul. For the rest, he emphasizes the material preparation for escapethe spoon Fontaine must steal, then shape into a cutting tool; the labor involved in taking apart his door. Set to Mozarts Mass in C Minor, this is a genuinely moving encounter with limits, and the need to transcend them. It is a true action film.
- Judy Bloch
Special Admission Applies: General admission: $13.50 | BAMPFA members: $9.50 | UC Berkeley students: $7.50 | 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50