Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film

Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film

by Tony Pipolo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195319796

ISBN-13: 9780195319798

Pub. Date: 01/13/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Perhaps the most highly regarded French filmmaker after Jean Renoir, Robert Bresson created a new kind of cinema through meticulous refinement of the form's grammatical and expressive possibilities. In thirteen features over a forty-year career, he held to an uncompromising moral vision and aesthetic rigor that remain unmatched. Robert Bresson: A Passion for

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Perhaps the most highly regarded French filmmaker after Jean Renoir, Robert Bresson created a new kind of cinema through meticulous refinement of the form's grammatical and expressive possibilities. In thirteen features over a forty-year career, he held to an uncompromising moral vision and aesthetic rigor that remain unmatched. Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film is the first comprehensive study to give equal attention to the films, their literacy sources, and psycho-biographical aspects of the work. Concentrating on the films cinematographic, imagistic, narrative, and thematic structures, Pipolo provides a nuanced analysis of each film-including nearly 100 illustrations-elucidating Bresson's unique style as it evolved from the impassioned Les Anges du péché to such disconsolate meditations on the world as The Devil Probably and L'Argent. Bresson has long needed a thoroughgoing treatment by a critic worthy to the task: he gets it here. From it emerges a provocative portrait of an extraordinary artist whose moral engagement and devotion to the craft of filmmaking are without equal.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195319798
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/13/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
407
Sales rank:
783,953
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Rules of the Game 31

Les Anges du péché 31

Les Dames du bois de Boulogne 49

2 Author, Author 69

Journal d'un cursé de campagne 69

3 Triumphs of the Will 98

Un condamné à mort s'est échappé 102

Pickpocket 123

4 The Young Virgins of the Provinces I 153

Procés de Jeanne d'Arc 153

5 The Middle of the Road 182

Au hasard Balthazar 182

6 The Young Virgins of the Provinces II 209

Mouchette 209

7 Dostoevsky in Paris 233

Une femme douce 234

Quatre Nuits d'un rêveur 260

8 The Ultimate Geste 280

Lancelot du Lac 280

9 Angeis and Demons 309

Le Diable probablement 309

L'Argent 330

Afterword 359

Notes 365

Filmography 395

Index 401

Photo Credits 407

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