A Man Escaped (1956)
Just pure talent
18 November 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Surely many of you know Prision Break. Well, it never would have existed without A condemned to death has escaped. Michael Scofield is directly inspired by Fontaine (François Leterrier), an intelligent and careful prisoner who meticulously plans his escape. Comparisons aside, Fontaine faces a very tough decision. Within days of carrying out their plan, they put a colleague in the cell. Should you leave no loose ends or trust your loyalty? Time is running out, and the death sentence awaits him.

In order to create the tension that comes with a story of this type, Bresson eliminates the more theatrical aspect of cinema to bring it closer to reality, such as selecting non-professional actors to play the role. For this reason, we consider Bresson as the exponent of the Nouvelle Vague closest to Italian Neorealism. In fact, he is in charge of letting us know from the first moment that the story is based on real events "without any adornment".

The film talks about how patience, dedication and passion cannot be imprisoned. Without an action montage and without a specific soundtrack, all that remains is the director's talent for creating tension. Here's the best thing about the whole movie: his address.

A Condemned To Death Has Escaped is, in addition to a cinema masterpiece, a film that many current filmmakers should learn from. The basis of the action genre is direction, not budget or special effects. Ask Bresson.

"The ability to make good use of my resources diminishes when their numbers increase" - Robert Bresson.
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