DVD - 2017 | French
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When an innocent prank goes wrong, it becomes the definitive moment in a man's life. A forged 500 franc note is accidentally passed to an unsuspecting young man. Ignorant of its origins, he tries to use the bill but is apprehended for forgery.
Publisher: [New York] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 ARG NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jul 26, 2017

It's amazing so few people know of Bresson's films; he's one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. This film, his last, is brutally efficient in laying out his often bleak view of the world. Based on a Tolstoy story 'Le Faux Billet', it's an exercise in zero sum eliminative logic. The fact that the culprit (a counterfeit bill) is set in motion by playfully malicious youths and then the path is cleared by the greed and malice of their hypocritical parents is a beautiful setup for this dark meditation on the subjugation of human beings to their ruthless god.

Sep 10, 2015

Bresson's last film- and in some ways his most austere and bleakest film. For a man in his 80's this movie contained the rage and passion of one in his 20's. A must see.

Jul 03, 2015

L’Argent is the last of Robert Bresson’s thirteen films and most likely one could recognize the director, having seen a few of his films. He frames each shot with only the information that he wishes to portray to the audience, so often we only see only partial body shots whenever the facial expression would be inconsequential. The library copy is excellent as it has a commentary track plus an interview of Bresson (rare, as Bresson avoided interviews). Most viewers will most likely give the film one or two stars as they will have no clue what Bresson is trying to achieve. This is the only Bresson film that I have seen in a large theatre. All the other films that I’ve see were in tiny revival movie houses with just a handful of people attending.

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