• ROBERT BRESSON: LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE

    Bresson’s second film, featuring dialogue by Jean Cocteau, marked the last time he worked solely with a cast of professional actors. Hélène (María Casares), fearing that lover Jean (Paul Bernard) is cooling in his ardour, attempts to rekindle the flame... Read More

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  • ROBERT BRESSON: DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST

    A creative turning point in the director’s career, Diary of a Country Priest sees the emergence of what is now identifiable as the Bressonian style in its use of voiceover, sound, editing, and his first ‘actor-model’, Claude Laydu. Laydu plays... Read More

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  • ROBERT BRESSON: A MAN ESCAPED

    A Man Escaped is based on the memoirs of André Devigny, a member of the French Resistance who broke free from Montluc prison. As Bresson himself had been imprisoned by the Nazis for being part of the Resistance, the film... Read More

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  • ROBERT BRESSON: ANGELS OF SIN

    Bresson’s first experience as director came when making his only short film, the perhaps unexpectedly comedic Affaires Publiques (1934). Nine years later, he began his career proper with his first feature, Angels of Sin, which, although generally considered his most conventional film,... Read More

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  • ROBERT BRESSON: PICKPOCKET

    Bresson’s first original screenplay concerns Michel (Martin LaSalle), who, on realising the pleasure he derives from his initially clumsy acts of stealing, falls in with a group of more experienced petty thieves, quickly acquiring the skills necessary to provide a... Read More

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  • ROBERT BRESSON: THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC

    With dialogue culled entirely from contemporaneous transcripts of Joan’s trial itself, Bresson’s film operates on one level as a simple but gripping courtroom drama. However, given the nature of the material, it may also be seen as an indictment of... Read More

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  • ROBERT BRESSON: AU HASARD BALTHAZAR

    Subject matter as seemingly unpromising as the life of a donkey from birth to death in fact offered Bresson the opportunity to explore the broad canvas of human cruelty and the rarity of kindness, altruism, and self-sacrifice. Reminiscent of Diary... Read More

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  • ROBERT BRESSON: MOUCHETTE

    Bresson’s second adaptation of a novel by Georges Bernanos (the other being Diary of a Country Priest), Mouchette is a bleak coming-of-age tale in which a young girl already burdened with too many responsibilities realises that adulthood will offer her... Read More

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  • ROBERT BRESSON: A GENTLE WOMAN

    Bresson’s first film in colour, adapted from a short story by Dostoyevsky, is here presented in a new digital restoration. It begins with Elle (Dominique Sanda’s film debut, although she, like Anne Wiazemsky, would go on to an illustrious career)... Read More

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