Robert Bresson

25.09.1907, Bromont-Lamoth, France - 22.12.1999, Paris, France

 

Director
Bresson took a degree in literature and philosophy. In forty years he made thirteen feature films. He is famous for his employment of amateur actors and favoring of details, while in the use of rhetorically expressive film means he is economical and restrained. His films are often adaptations of classic literary works (Dostoyevsky, Diderot, Tolstoy) and are completely free of theatrical manner. He usually portrays a destiny of a lonely individual condemned to suffering but with hope of redemption.

Filmography

- L'Argent (1983)
- Le Diable Probablement (1977)
- Lancelot du Lac (1974)
- Quatre nuits d'un ręveur (1971)
- Une femme douce (1969)
- Mouchette (1967)
- Au hasard Balthazar (1966)
- Proces de Jeanne d'Arc (1962)
- Pickpocket (1959)
- Un condamné a mort s'est échappé (1956)
- Journal d'un curé de campagne (1950)
- Les Dames du bois de Boulogne (1945)
- Les agnes du péché (1943)
- Les affaires publiques (1934)


Films by this director

Les dames du Bois de Boulogne

(1945)

Directed by: Robert Bresson
PHOTOGRAPHY: Philippe Agostini
Synopsis:

This film is a modernized adaptation of Diderot’s work Jacques fatalist. When Helene’s lover Jean starts losing interest in her, she takes vengeance by cheating on him. That results in Jean’s marriage to a former prostitute, Agnes. After the wedding Jean finds out the truth…

b/w, 35 mm, 84 min

Pickpocket

(France, 1959)

Directed by: Robert Bresson
PHOTOGRAPHY: Léonce-Henri Burel
Synopsis:

This is a story about a pickpocket, Michel, who tries to survive in his own immoral world. Soon, he is picked up by the police, but they let him go due to lack of evidence. When in a street he witnesses the fascinating work of his colleague pickpocket, Michel tries to better his skills. Then, however, he learns of his mother’s illness.

b/w, 76'

Le proces de Jeanne d'Arc

(1962)

Directed by: Robert Bresson
PHOTOGRAPHY: Léonce-Henri Burel
Synopsis:

The film is a true reconstruction of Jeanne d'Arc’s the trial.

b/w, 35 mm, 88 min

Mouchette

(1967)

Directed by: Robert Bresson
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ghislain Cloquet
Synopsis:

The main character is Mouchette, a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in rural France. Her mother is slowly dying from a terminable illness, and her father is an alcoholic who does not care for his daughter. In school she has no friends and in order to help her family survive, she is forced to do all kinds of jobs. Slowly, Mouchette develops contempt for all the people around her.

b/w, 35 mm, 78 min
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