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ROBERT BRESSON: TRANSCENDENCE AND AUSTERITY

November at the Trylon

Director Robert Bresson eschewed musical scores, favored spare narratives, and employed non-professional actors in an effort to reach the essence of cinema. He persistently sought a visual truth that would convey the sharp contradictions of life.

Promotional support for these screenings is provided by Alliance Française MPLS/St. Paul and Bonjour MN.

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Sun, November 4

AU HASARD BALTHAZAR

(1966, DCP, 95m, French w/English subtitles) w/Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Greene, François Lafarge. The donkey Balthazar passes from one owner to the next, often callously mistreated. The animal, as Bresson put it, symbolizes Christian faith and, more broadly, human nature. Commonly ranked among the greatest films, Balthazar may be the director’s most forceful expression of his singular style. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:00

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Starts Sun, November 11

A MAN ESCAPED

(1956, 35mm, 101m, French w/English subtitles) w/François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock. Informed by Bresson’s own experiences in a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, A Man Escaped follows a French Resistance officer as he plots a breakout from German captivity in France. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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Starts Sun, November 18

L’ARGENT

(1983, 35mm, 85m, French w/English subtitles) w/Christian Patey, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Michel Briguet. Bresson’s final film is a jarring look at how money (and modern society) corrupt and distort the soul. A turbulent blend of Marxist and Christian themes, L’Argent is one of the director’s least-heralded masterpieces. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 8:45

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Starts Sun, November 25

PICKPOCKET

(1959, 35mm, 76m, French w/English subtitles) w/Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri. A pickpocket tries to evade the police while holding human intimacy at arm’s length in this enigmatic character study. Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Pickpocket is one of Bresson’s most impressive works. SUN 6:45 MON/TUES 7:00 8:30

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