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Escape from Alcatraz (English with French subtitles)
Main screening room
March 9th, 2024
112 min
The Great Escapes

Cinema has always been fond of escape stories. Whether epic or intimate stories, war or prison film, tragedy or comedy, these tales reflect the injustices, violence and conflicts that tear people apart, as well as their propensity for solidarity and compassion. The inventiveness the characters devote to escaping is reminiscent of that of filmmakers who stage their imprisonment in order to better break it down: an always meticulous game, set against a backdrop of spatial constraints and a race against time.

Escape from Alcatraz
Directed by
Don Siegel
English with French subtitles
Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom
112 min
Action, crime, drama, thriller

A master of prison breaks, Frank Morris is sent to Alcatraz Island, the toughest and most secure penitentiary in the United States. As soon as he arrives, with the help of new friends, he begins to observe and plan a new breakout...

Escape from Alcatraz

Don Siegel

Don Siegel is an American director and producer. In 1946, he directed his first feature film, the film noir The Verdict. Over the next few years, he directed films such as Riot in Cell Block 11, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Baby Face Nelson. During the 1960s, he notably directed Flaming Star, a western starring Elvis Presley, and The Killers, a film noir inspired by a short story by Ernest Hemingway. In 1968, Don Siegel met Clint Eastwood with whom he would collaborate on five films, achieving both commercial and critical success. This series of films includes the crime thriller Coogan's Bluff, the action comedy Two Mules for Sister Sara, the cynical war drama The Beguiled, and the most famous film of his career, Dirty Harry. In 1976, he directed John Wayne for the only time in the western The Shootist, which became the actor's swan song. He worked one last time with Clint Eastwood in 1979 for Escape from Alcatraz. In 1982, he directed his final film, Jinxed!.


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