DVD Release: The Devil, Probably

DVD Release Date: Sept. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Olive Films

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Antoine Monnier is down in The Devil, Probably.

Writer/director Robert Bresson’s (Mouchette) 1977 drama The Devil, Probably, the French filmmaker’s penultimate feature, is a dark story of disaffected French youth in modern Paris.

Four disillusioned young adults wander the city’s streets and hole up in tiny apartments while serving witness to what they see as society’s destruction of the planet. Charles (Antoine Monnier), the womanizing ringleader of the group, is haunted by an overwhelming sense of nihilism as he drifts through politics, religion and psychoanalysis and rejects them all. Once Charles realizes the depth of his disgust with the world around him, he decides that suicide may be his only option…

The late Bresson described The Devil, Probably as “a film about the evils of money, a source of great evil in the world whether for unnecessary armaments or the senseless pollution of the environment.”

Featuring Bresson’s trademark minimalist approach and deliberately measured pace, The Devil, Probably is a pretty bleak film, as are most of his later works. But even as the filmmaker paints an unflattering portrait of Paris, the movie is also undeniably striking.

Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear and winner of Silver Berlin Bear (Special Jury Prize) at the 1977 Berlin International Film Festival, The Devil, Probably made its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival in 1977.

The DVD of the film, which is presented in French with English subtitles, contains no bonus features.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.