Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 127: Sun May 6

Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson, 1966):
Cinematograph Film Club, Duke of Wellington pub, 119 Balls Pond Rd, N1 4BL 8pm
This is a screening from the Cinematograph Film Club. Details here.

One of the interesting aspects here is the speculation that this film, widely regarded as Robert Bresson's best, may figure in the top ten list for Sight & Sound's greatest film poll which will be released in August. The poll, which happens every ten years, is expected to see changes at the top in 2012 with Citizen Kane set to be toppled as greatest movie in favour of Vertigo.
Chicago Reader review:
"Everyone who sees this film will be absolutely astonished," Jean-Luc Godard once said, "because this film is really the world in an hour and a half." Robert Bresson's 1966 masterpiece defies any conventional analysis, telling a story of sin and redemption by following Balthazar, a donkey, as he passes through the hands of a number of masters, including a peasant girl, a satanic delinquent, and a saintly fool. Perhaps the greatest and most revolutionary of Bresson's films, Balthazar is a difficult but transcendently rewarding experience, never to be missed.'
Dave Kehr
Here is the trailer

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