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Four Nights of A Dreamer – Robert Bresson

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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  • 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.
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    Transcendental and Alone


  • Au Hazard Balthazar By Donald Richie

  • Roebert Creeley on Lancelot

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    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…

  • Maria Casares was in Bresson’s early film.

    Robert Bresson’s Les Dames de Bois de Boulongne – It is a modern adaptation of a section of Diderot‘s Jacques le fataliste (1796).

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    Bresson with Tarkovsky and Orson Welles at Cannes Festival.

    Bresson with the heavey weights of cinema Bitter sweet life…

    Scroll down to see Bresson with Visconti and Orson Welles

    Pickpocket Primer

    Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

    The screenwriters will go on strike in Hollywood on Monday. This may be a great time for them to study and why not start with Bresson and Schrader? Bresson’s Pickpocket had a direct influence on Paul Schrader’s screenplays for Taxi Driver and American Gigolo.

    In Pickpocket, the society whose laws Michel breaks is far more criminal than he is—not technically, not legally, but spiritually: this is Bresson’s archly comic irony, heavily veiled in nocturnal chiaroscuro.


  • All Grace – Robert Bresson

    Saturday, December 18th, 2004

    On December 18, 1999 Robert Bresson passed away at the age of 98.

    Robert Bresson – Biography.

    Alan Pavlin wrote, “Three formative influences in Bresson’s life undoubtedly mark his films: his Catholicism, which took the form of the predestinarian French strain known as Jansenism; his early years as a painter; and his experiences as a prisoner-of-war.”

  • Robert Bresson: Hidden in Plain Sight An Essay by Gary Indiana

  • Shmuel Ben-gad says, “Bresson, an artist of the very highest order in my judgment, does not offer meanings, explanations, or answers but rather lucidity, reality, and profound mystery.”

    Both Bresson and Agnes Martin lived long lives for people
    so austere and monkish. Is it because they knew how to live with clarity, simplicity and a sense of purpose coming from profound vision and understanding?


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    Anne Wiazemsky with a Donkey.