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Au Hasard Balthazar

Au Hasard Balthazar

Director: Robert Bresson Cast: Anne Wiazemsky
Anne Wiazemsky
, Walter Green
Walter Green
, Jean-Claude Guilbert
Jean-Claude Guilbert
, Pierre Klossowski
Pierre Klossowski
Robert Bresson
Au Hasard Balthazar

Au Hasard Balthazar

Director: Robert Bresson Cast: Anne Wiazemsky
Anne Wiazemsky
, Walter Green
Walter Green
, Jean-Claude Guilbert
Jean-Claude Guilbert
, Pierre Klossowski
Pierre Klossowski
Robert Bresson

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Overview

Robert Bresson's acclaimed Au Hasard, Balthazar presents an unfettered view of human cruelty, suffering and injustice, filtered through the eyes of a donkey over the course of his long life. The burro at the film's center begins life peacefully and happily, as the unnamed play-object of some innocent children in bucolic France, but his circumstances change dramatically when he becomes the property of a young woman named Marie - who christens him Balthazar. As she grows up and encounters tragedy and heartbreak, so does Balthazar; he passes from owner to owner, who treat him in a variety of ways, from compassionately to cruelly. The donkey, of course, lacks the capacity to comprehend the motivations of each individual but accepts whatever treatment (and role) is handed him, nobly and admirably. Bresson ultimately uses the story as a heart-rending allegorical commentary on human spiritual transcendence.


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Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2018
UPC: 0715515215510
Original Release: 1966
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 16,440

Special Features

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Interview from 2004 with film scholar Donald Richie; "Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson," a 1966 French television program about the film, featuring Director Robert Bresson, filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, and members of Au hasard Bolthazar's cast and crew; Trailer; Plus: An essay by film scholar James Quandt

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Wiazemsky Marie
Walter Green Jacques
Jean-Claude Guilbert Arnold
Pierre Klossowski Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Bresson Director,Screenwriter
Mag Bodard Producer
Pierre Charbonnier Art Director
Ghislain Cloquet Cinematographer
Raymond Lamy Editor
Jean Wiener Score Composer

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