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No matter how you approach the film, only the most cold-hearted viewer will be immune to Balthazar's fate. And if you're not sure what to make of it all, this superb Criterion DVD offers two essential bonus features to guide you toward a greater understanding of Bresson's approach to cinema: Film scholar and devoted "Bressonian" Donald Richie offers his astute observations in a 2004 video interview, and in an in-depth French TV appearance from 1966, Bresson talks at length about Au hazard Balthazar along with fellow directors Louis Malle and Jean-Luc Godard, and members of the film's cast and crew. This is a remarkable document from a bygone era, when "art film" was at its peak, and directors (especially French ones) were eager to discuss the intellectual significance of their work. Kudos to Criterion for including this archival gem of film appreciation. --Jeff Shannon
Robert Bresson captures the journey through Balthazar, a donkey, who functions as a reliable and helpless witness to the events of life.
By the time he directed 'Balthazar', Bresson had perfected it to such a degree, that this film stands as the most perfect expression of his unique vision of the world.
"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 revered 1966 masterpiece Au hasard Balthazar is a film of quite extraordinary intellectual depth, piercing metaphysical perception and spiritual profundity. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Film Buff
A great film- people who enjoy being moved while watching a film will not be disappointed.Every emotion will be visited while watching this masterpiece.Not to be missed!!!!Published 6 months ago by Robert A. Kalanja
The main character in this harsh movie is an animal, a donkey (Balthazar), whose fate lies in the hands of his masters. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Luc REYNAERT
Far,far from being a great film.Not even close to the greats like Bergman ,Rohmer ,Powell ,Fellini ,Wajda ,really weak film.Published 16 months ago by Rogelio Gasca
AU HASARD BALTHAZAR, (1966). This 95-minute black and white film from greatly respected director Robert Bresson is generally considered a classic of French cinema. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
A life-long story of a girl growing up into a joy-seeking ungrateful teen trading her favours for misunderstandable purposes, and her donkey, clever enough to perform circus math... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Michael Kerjman
This film might seem puzzling to the uninitiated and it's not the one I would start with were I new to Bresson (I would start with A Man Escaped and Pickpocket and Diary of a... Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Doug Anderson
I'm puzzled by critics reacting to this movie as an expression of Bresson's compassion and mystical spirituality. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by MS
At the latest count, 45 ratings on this film are on record on the Amazon site. 31 come in at 5 stars and 5 at 1 star. My own rating would be midway between these extremes. Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by David M. Goldberg