Au Hasard Balthazar
1966, Robert Bresson, France, 95 min.
With Anne Wiazemsky, François Lefarge
- Fri, Oct 4th 6:00pm
- Tue, Oct 8th 6:00pm
"Heart-breaking and magnificent...the supreme masterpiece by one of the greatest filmmakers."—J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"The finest, most deeply personal work of a filmmaker who has been compared, justifiably, to both Dostoyevsky and Bach."—Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Widely considered one of Bresson's greatest masterpieces, this sublime film uses a donkey's life to frame the inhabitants of a rural French village and their struggles with sin and chance (hasard), as Balthazar is used and abused by a schoolteacher, a tramp, a motorcycle punk, a circus, a miser, a smuggler, and a girl (Wiazemsky) whose misfortunes mirror his own. Godard called it "the world in an hour and a half." In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)