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John Baldwin's rating of the film Au hasard Balthazar

This work almost can't be overpraised. Two scenes are unique in cinema: one where the murderer Arnold takes his leave of the world before dropping dead, and one in which Balthazar stares at (and is stared back by) the other animals in their cages. Yet the circus performance by the "mathematical genius" Balthazar is very funny and charming. Not for nothing did Godard call this film "the world in an hour and a half."