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Au Hasard, Balthazar [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1966]

Release Date:06/14/2005
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    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


    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. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Anne Wiazemsky
      Anne Wiazemsky - Marie
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      Walter Green - Jacques
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      Jean-Claude Guilbert - Arnold

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