The Films of Robert Bresson: A Casebook

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‘The Films of Robert Bresson: A Casebook’ spans Bresson’s entire career, with interviews and essays addressing the great auteur’s oeuvre from every artistic angle. The interviews presented here—by such noted cineastes as Jean-Luc Godard, Paul Schrader, and David Thomson—elicited authorial comment from an auteur not known for his garrulousness, and they are either as aesthetically inclusive or as journalistically pointed as possible. For their part, the essays in this volume are by such luminous figures as André Bazin, Susan Sontag, and François Truffaut. Each interview is followed either by an essay on the film discussed in the interview, an essay on Bresson’s work by the interviewer himself, or an essayistic overview of Bresson’s career when the preceding interview itself is survey-like.  In this way the book ‘bounces’ the essays and interviews off one another so as to stimulate a kind of semi-continuous critical conversation about the films, their maker, and the interviewers themselves. The result is something that may be as good as criticism itself: enlightened authorial comment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843317968
  • Publisher: Anthem Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Anthem Media and Film Studies Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bert Cardullo is Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Media and Communication at Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey. He has written, edited or translated more than twenty five books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Aesthetic Asceticism: The Films of Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson

Bresson on Location

Diary of a Country Priest and the Stylistics of Robert Bresson

Interview with Robert Bresson

Spiritual Style in the Films of Robert Bresson

The Question: Interview with Robert Bresson

On Au hasard, Balthazar

Encountering Robert Bresson; Bresson’s Gentleness

Dostoyevsky Adapted: An Interview with Robert Bresson

On The Trial of Joan of Arc and Four Nights of a Dreame

Robert Bresson in Conversation with Ronald Hayman

Bresson; Robert Bresson, Possibly

Consuming Passion: Bresson and The Devil, Probably

The Poetry of Paucity, the Art of Elision: Robert Bresson in Conversation

On A Man Escaped; Bresson and Lumière

The Earrings of Robert Bresson

Spirituality as Style: Robert Bresson in Conversation

Dostoyevskian Surge, Bressonian Spirit: L’argent, Une femme douce, and the Cinematic World of Robert Bresson





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