Directed by Robert Bresson • 1966 • France
Starring Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge
A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, Robert Bresson’s AU HASARD BALTHAZAR follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations beyond 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. Through Bresson’s unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this simple story becomes a moving parable about purity and transcendence.
Journalist Roger Stéphane presents this May 11, 1966, episode of the series “Pour le plaisir,” which is devoted to AU HASARD BALTHAZAR. In it, he interviews director Robert Bresson; filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and François Riechenbach; novelist Marguerite Duras; and members of the fi...