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Author Cunneen, Joseph E.

Title Robert Bresson : a spiritual style in film / Joseph Cunneen
Published New York : Continuum International Pub. Group, 2003


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Description 199 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents 1. A Demanding Artist Who Respects His Audience -- 2. Bresson before Bresson: Angels of Sin and The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne -- 3. "All Is Grace" - The Diary of a Country Priest -- 4. The Spirit Blows through Prison: A Man Escaped -- 5. A Ballet of Hands: Pickpocket -- 6. A Saint Jousts with Her Judges: The Trial of Joan of Arc -- 7. The Donkey as Witness: Au hasard Balthasar -- 8. The Purity of Rebellion: Mouchette -- 9. Marriage without Communication: A Gentle Woman -- 10. The Education of a Romantic: Four Nights of a Dreamer -- 11. The End of Knighthood: Lancelot of the Lake -- 12. Apocalypse Now: The Devil Probably -- 13. A Murderous Rage for Money: L'Argent -- 14. Images in a Certain Order
Summary "This book, which introduces Bresson's work to a broader audience, assesses the films in the context of detailed plot summaries, vivid descriptions of characters and settings, and perceptive, jargon-free insights into the director's execution, intention, and technique. Among these films, made in a forty-year span between 1943 and 1984, are Diary of a Country Priest, A Man Escaped, Pickpocket, The Trial of Joan of Arc, Au hasard Balthasar, Mouchette, A Gentle Woman, Lancelot of the Lake, and L'Argent."
"Each of these films in its own way illustrates what Joseph Cunneen calls Bresson's spiritual style. Though not necessarily focused on the explicitly religious, they illustrate two complementary principles: on the negative side, the rejection of what the director called "photographed theater" with its artificiality and dependence on celebrity performers. On the more positive side, as Bresson himself also expressed it, the conviction that, "The supernatural is only the real rendered more precise; real things seen close up.""--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
Subject Bresson, Robert, 1901 or 7-1999 -- Criticism and interpretation
Bresson, Robert -- Criticism and interpretation.
Motion picture producers and directors -- France.
LC no. 2002152921
ISBN 0826414710 hardcover alkaline paper