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Au hasard Balthazar The Criterion Collection

Criterion Collection, Special Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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.


Blu-ray Special Edition Features


  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interview from 2004 with film scholar Donald Richie
  • “Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson,” a 1966 French television program about the film, featuring director Robert Bresson, filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, and members of Au hasard Balthazar’s cast and crew
  • Trailer
  • Plus: An essay by film scholar James Quandt

Product details

  • Actors: Francois Lafarge, Anne Wiazemsky
  • Directors: Robert Bresson
  • Format: Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2018
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B079VF7PZP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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