Films byTexts by Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson (1901-1999) was a French film director and screenwriter. He directed thirteen feature films, including Pickpocket (1959), Au hasard Balthazar (1966), and Mouchette (1967). In 1975, he published Notes sur le cinématographe (1975), an aphoristic collection of his reflections on cinema.

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Robert Bresson, 1962, 65’

In 1431 Jeanne, a French peasant girl, is imprisoned for heresy and brought to trial at Rouen. Despite rigorous interrogation by the judges and constant persecution from the jailers, her faith remains unshaken.

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Robert Bresson, 1967, 81’

Robert Bresson’s second Georges Bernanos adaptation, beginning a long engagement with the question of suicide, tells the story of a neglected and impoverished girl hemmed in on all sides by her brutal provincial milieu.

 

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Robert Bresson, 1969, 88’

« Il y a ici un autre principe de base, principe que très peu, sauf les grands comme Chaplin, connaissent : c’est l'économie. Faire une grande chose avec rien, c’est ça le truc. Alors qu’il est de coutume de faire tout le contraire : on montre absolument tout, quoi que ce soit, tout est bon.

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Robert Bresson, 1971, 87’

The “dreamer” is Jacques, a young painter, who by chance runs into Marthe as she's contemplating suicide on the Pont-Neuf in Paris. They talk, and agree to see each other again the next night.

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Robert Bresson, 1974, 88’

King Arthur learns about his wife’s, Queen Guinevere, affair with Lancelot, who at the same time remains loyal to the king, particularly after Arthur's traitorous nephew Mordred commits an attempt on his life.

 

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Robert Bresson, 1977, 95’

Charles, Michel and a few of their friends form a small environmentalist group, concerned about famine, pollution and the future of the world.

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Robert Bresson, 1983, 85’

“Is it for singing always the same song that the nightingale is so admired?”

Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer1