A Man Escaped, Lancelot

After a couple of years of rumors and delays, New Yorker Video is finally scheduled to release one of my all-time favorite movies, Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped (1956), as well as Bresson’s Lancelot du lac (Lancelot of the Lake) (1974) and potentially L’Argent (Money) (1983) on DVD on May 25th. Amazon.com is already pre-ordering the first two.

I’ll hold off extended commentary on these magnificent films until they’re released, but all I can say is that it’s about time someone finally started releasing Bresson on DVD in North America–the technology is only seven years old.

No details on extras at the moment, but fingers crossed that New Yorker will deliver pristine transfers, at the very least.

Edit: I just read Darren Hughes’ blog entry and since the nearest book to me happened to be Bresson’s diminutive Notes on the Cinematographer, I thought I’d play along:

“My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.”