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DEVIL PROBABLY, THE

France, 1977 (MIFF 2008, Cannes Directors' Fortnight Tribute)

Director: Robert Bresson

DEVIL PROBABLY, THE

"By far the most punk movie ever made." - Richard Hell, punk legend

Banned in France for its daring portrayal of alienated youth - and called a masterpiece by the likes of Francois Truffaut - The Devil, Probably was one of Robert Bresson's most prescient films, in its depiction of aimless, disaffected urban youth.

A young man seeks meaning in politics, religion and psychotherapy but, soured beyond salvation by the industrialised consumer society, opts for another path.

Animated by an instinctive feeling for post-1968 French bohemia, Bresson's penultimate film was a multiple award-winner at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival.

"Expresses the malaise of our time more profoundly and more magnificently than any work of art in any medium." - Variety


D/S Robert Bresson P Stephane Tchalgadjieff WS Gaumont L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1977/93mins

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THE DEVIL PROBABLY

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Bresson's A Man Escaped, like The Trial of Joan of Arc, is closely based on factual records. Yet it is far from being a documentary. 'I would like to show this miracle', Bresson explains. 'An ... More »

THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC

Robert Bresson's account of the Joan of Arc story, although austere and elliptical as are all his films, remains very close to the written records of the trial held in 1431. ... The film begins ... More »

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MONEY

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The burden of humanity is placed on the shoulders and into the very being of one of God's forgotten creatures in Bresson's masterpiece, the ultimate animal film. ... Baptised by three children and ... More »

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