Au Hasard Balthazar

Au Hasard Balthazar

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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2018
UPC: 0715515215510
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 23,223

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

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