Robert Bresson

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French filmmaker Robert Bresson is perhaps the most revered living film director. Awed, inspired and sometimes mystified by the beauty and austere perfectionism of Bresson's style, critics and directors have been moved to passionate debate about his unique ideas on the use of sound, actors, editing and music. "Robert Bresson" is the first collection of essays in English on the director in three decades. A thorough examination of his vision and style, it draws together over twenty important articles by leading ...

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Overview

French filmmaker Robert Bresson is perhaps the most revered living film director. Awed, inspired and sometimes mystified by the beauty and austere perfectionism of Bresson's style, critics and directors have been moved to passionate debate about his unique ideas on the use of sound, actors, editing and music. "Robert Bresson" is the first collection of essays in English on the director in three decades. A thorough examination of his vision and style, it draws together over twenty important articles by leading critics and scholars; three essential interviews; and the commentaries of over thirty directors on Bresson's importance and influence.

Publised by Cinematheque Ontario. Distributed in Canada by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Distributed outside Canada by Indiana University Press.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780968296912
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Cinematheque Ontario Monographs Series
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Quandt, senior programmer at Cinematheque Ontario, is also the editor of Kon Ichikawa and Shohei Imamura.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Last Filmmaker: A Local, Interim Report 17
Le Journal d'un cure de campagne and the Stylistics of Robert Bresson 27
The Universe of Robert Bresson 41
Spiritual Style in the Films of Robert Bresson 57
Robert Bresson: L'Aventure interieure 73
The Rhetoric of Robert Bresson: From Le Journal d'un cure de campagne to Une femme douce 117
Cinematography vs. the Cinema: Bresson's Figures 145
Bresson and Pascal: Rhetorical Affinities 165
Affaires publiques 189
Rules of the Game: On Bresson's Les Anges du peche 193
On Robert Bresson's Film Les Anges du peche 211
Film Form/Voice-Over: Bresson's The Diary of a Country Priest 215
Bresson's Un condamne a mort: The Semiotics of Grace 223
Picking Dostoevsky's Pocket: Bresson's Sleight of Screen 235
Breaking Silence Forty Years Later 275
"D'ou cela vient-il?": Notes on Three Films by Robert Bresson 283
Bresson and Music 299
Sound as Symbol in Mouchette 307
Bresson, Dostoevsky 325
The Sheen of Armour, the Whinnies of Horses: Sparse Parametric Style in Lancelot du Lac 339
Despair Abounding: The Recent Films of Robert Bresson 373
A Stranger's Posture: Notes on Bresson's Late Films 393
The Devil Probably: The Redemption of Despair 403
L'Argent 407
The Negative Vision of Robert Bresson 411
The Question 453
Robert Bresson, Possibly 485
I Seek Not Description But Vision: Robert Bresson on L'Argent 499
Burel & Bresson 513
Filmmakers on Bresson 523
Filmography 593
Selected Bibliography 601
Sources 609
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