Four Nights of a Dreamer is based on the story White Nights written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Two other Bresson films based on Dostoevsky were Pickpocket and La Femme Douce. Mouchette and The Diary of Country Priest were based on George Bernanos.
Roebert Creeley on Lancelot
Mr. Laydu fasted to achieve the thinness required for the role.Mr. Laydu, unlike many of the untrained actors whom Bresson used, continued acting after appearing in “Diary of a Country Priest.”
Nicole Ladmiral who was great in the Diaray of a Country Priest, died at 28 by throwing herself deliberately beneath a subway train in the Paris Metro. (1958)
More image from The Diary of Country Priest…
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Bresson with Tarkovsky and Orson Welles at Cannes Festival.
Bresson with the heavey weights of cinema Bitter sweet life…
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