Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson

Nationality:

France

Filmycks reviews:

Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
A Man Escaped (1956)
Mouchette (1967)

Minimalist poet

By Michael Roberts

 A true one of a kind filmmaker, Bresson stands at the intersection of film and art and has few equals in the realms of personal cinema. Starting after the Second World War, where he was a prisoner of the Germans for a year (a story he later examined in the brilliant 'A Man Escaped') Bresson collaborated with Jean Cocteau for his debut, but after that he eschewed convention and eventually developed his own set of aesthetics and rules. Bresson stripped back the Italian method of Neo-Realism, itself a stripped back mode of creating films, and manufactured moods unlike any other filmmaker before or since. He even treated his non actors as 'models', making them deliver lines in a neutral fashion, devoid of histrionics or any discernable 'acting' and the results are mesmerising in the hands of this master. Bresson unearthed a kind of existential truth that took ideas of Bergman or Kurosawa even further, ' Don't run after poetry. It penetrates unaided through the cracks' Bresson said, and in film after film he conjured poetry from the everyday.

 

Also recommended;

Pickpocket

Lancelot Du Lac

Balthazar Au Hasard

 

For fans only;

Les Dames Du Bois De Boulonge

The Devil, Probably