L'argent / Edition 1

L'argent / Edition 1

by Kent Jones
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0851707335

ISBN-13: 2900851707333

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: BFI Publishing

Illustrated
The career of Robert Bresson (b. 1907) is one of the richest in the history of cinema, but also one of the most enigmatic. For some commentators, Bresson is a severe moralist who's almost medieval in his concern for the darker aspects of Catholic theology. For others, he's best seen as a stylist whose work has consistently anticipated cinematic trends.

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Illustrated
The career of Robert Bresson (b. 1907) is one of the richest in the history of cinema, but also one of the most enigmatic. For some commentators, Bresson is a severe moralist who's almost medieval in his concern for the darker aspects of Catholic theology. For others, he's best seen as a stylist whose work has consistently anticipated cinematic trends. Just as Bresson's 1959 Pickpocket was remodelled by Paul Schrader as American Gigolo (1980), so L'Argent (1983) is a study of spontaneous murder and a meditation on evil that has a striking kinship with contemporary vigilante and serial killer films.
Kent Jones disputes some of the received wisdom about Bresson's work as it's epitomized by L'Argent: the work can't simply be reduced to its austere, pessimistic, or religious elements. By exploring the many dimensions of L'Argent, Jones finds other elements: beauty, compassion, an overriding concern with the meaningful depiction of experience. L'Argent is the culminating work of one of the select group of directors able "to push the cinema, through the force of their own genius, onto a new plain."

Author Biography: Kent Jones has written widely on the cinema, notably for Film Comment. He has been a guest programmer and jury-member for film festivals around the world, and is programer at The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900851707333
Publisher:
BFI Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
BFI Modern Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
96

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