Au hasard Balthazar

Argos Films

DVD - 2018

A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations outside of his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of humankind. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly.

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Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection [2018]
Corporate Author
Argos Films
Corporate Author
Argos Films (production company)
Other Authors
Robert Bresson (film director), François Lafarge (actor), Anne Wiazemsky
DVD special edition ;' DVD edition ; widescreen
Item Description
Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.
Widescreen (1.66:1 aspect ratio)
Special features: New 2K digital restoration; Interview; "Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson"; Original theatrical trailer; Plus, an essay by film scholar.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; Widescreen (1.66:1 aspect ratio) presentation; Monaural.
Rating: Not rated.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Ghislain Cloquet ; editor, Raymond Lamy ; music, Jean Wiener, Franz Schubert.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Library Journal Review

A donkey passes through a series of owners-some kind, some abusive-before succumbing to its foreseeable fate in Balthazar (1966), Bresson's (Pickpocket) affecting tale about way more than a beast of burden. Malle made an auspicious feature-film debut with the noir-ish Elevator (1958), a thriller about a guy who murders his boss to carry on an affair with the man's eye--catching wife (Jeanne Moreau). Schrader (American Gigolo) stylistically chronicles Japanese novelist (Yukio) Mishima (1985) through re-creating his works to a driving Philip Glass score. Bergman's Virgin (1960) tells a medieval revenge story whereby the rapist-killers of an innocent farm girl unwittingly seek refuge with the victim's father (Max von Sydow). VERDICT This quartet of esteemed Criterion catalog titles benefit from recent Blu-ray upgrades superior to their decade-plus-old DVDs, making the case for inclusion in appropriate collections.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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