Au hasard Balthazar

Au hasard Balthazar

Directed by Robert Bresson • 1966 • France

A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director 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 man. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly. Through Bresson's unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this seemingly simple story becomes a moving parable of purity and transcendence.

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Au hasard Balthazar
  • Au hasard Balthazar

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1966 • France

    A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director 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 be...

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  • Donald Richie on AU HASARD BALTHAZAR

    Film scholar Donald Richie talks about why he considers himself a “Bressonian” in this interview, recorded in New York in November 2004.

  • “Pour le plaisir”: AU HASARD BALTHAZAR

    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...