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Let's Drift: John Maclean's Cinematic Baker's Dozen
Mat Colegate , July 3rd, 2015 06:51

As his debut feature Slow West hits the cinemas, John Maclean - former Beta Band member turned director - takes time out to reveal his 13 favourite films to The Quietus


A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)

This is Bresson at his best. Basically it's a prison film, where the main character gets wrongfully put in prison. It's stunningly filmed in the Bresson style, which I love. A lot of collage-like set up – a hand followed by a foot – a very deliberate filming style to build up the action. Lots of slow close-ups. It's a classic. I think I first saw it on DVD when I started catching up on a lot of films and different directors, so Bresson and Bergman and Tarkovsky and all those guys. It's quite hard to see a lot of those films in the cinema so I just projected them.

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