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A King Without Distraction
(Un roi sans divertissement)

Screening on Film
Directed by François Leterrier.
With Claude Giraud, Colette Renard, Charles Vanel.
France, 1963, 35mm, black & white, 85 min.
French with English subtitles.
Print source: Gaumont

The second film directed by the man who played the admirable lead role in Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped is a stylized and intense adaptation of a novel by Jean Giono. This police investigation in a 19th century village combines visual beauty with the rigor of the mise-en-scène—the vertigo of the criminal motivations indivisible from the refined graphics of the images.

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