Au Hasard Balthazar

Au Hasard Balthazar

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Au Hasard Balthazar

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: 06/14/2005
UPC: 0037429207420
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 17,860

Special Features

New, restored high-defintion digital transfer; New video interview with film scholar Donald Richie; "Un Metteur En Ordre: Robert Bresson," a 1966 French television show about the film, featuring Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and members of Balthazar's cast and crew ; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A new essay by film scholar James Quandt

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:52]
2. Baptized "Balthazar" [4:13]
3. Marie and Balthazar [5:08]
4. Gérard and His Gang [1:39]
5. Spying on Marie [3:20]
6. Gossip [2:26]
7. Jacques Returns [3:00]
8. Giving Up Balthazar [5:41]
9. Marie and Gérard [5:47]
10. Money Missing [4:56]
11. Accusations of Murder [5:14]
12. Arnold Takes Balthazar [6:42]
13. Circus Animals [4:50]
14. News for Arnold [5:27]
15. Long Live Arnold [4:53]
16. Sold to the Miser [3:24]
17. Food and Shelter [7:35]
18. Settle a Debt [1:36]
19. Jacques Proposes [3:28]
20. Brutal Attack [3:27]
21. Two Parents Grieve [3:06]
22. Another Robbery [4:37]
23. A Shepherd's Field [2:50]
24. Color Bars [:00]
1. On the Meaning of Balthazar [5:45]
2. Bresson on the Title [4:41]
3. Actress Anne Wiazemsky [5:18]
4. Actor François Lafarge [3:17]
5. Marie and Balthazar [4:12]
6. Actor Pierre Klossowski [7:58]
7. The Presence of God [7:07]
8. Cinematographer Ghislain Cloquet [4:50]
9. Bresson on Actors and Writing [18:48]

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The Donkey rules!
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