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Bresson on Bresson: Interviews, 1943-1983 by Robert Bresson

Bresson on Bresson: Interviews, 1943-1983

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Bresson on Bresson: Interviews, 1943-1983 by Robert Bresson
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Nov 15, 2016 | ISBN 9781681370446
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“We are still coming to terms with Robert Bresson, and the peculiar power and beauty of his films.”
—Martin Scorsese 

“The collection Bresson on Bresson: Interviews 1943-1983 and Bresson’s own Notes on the Cinematograph are primers for the gradual understanding of Robert Bresson, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein…The interviews in Bresson on Bresson are grouped chronologically and organized by film. Reading it, one can see Bresson refining his answers to the similar questions that inevitably arose with each new production, even as he refined his filmmaking style.” —J. Hoberman, The New York Times

“Bresson was the only director who knew how to captivate and surprise me. I consider him a unique phenomenon in the world of film.” —Andrei Tarkovsky

“Bresson’s characters, his movies, and Bresson himself all become icons. . . . Bresson has transcended himself: he is blazed in mosaics in some moss-grown temple.” —Paul Schrader

“The power of Bresson’s…films lies in the fact that his purity and fastidiousness are not just an assertion about the resources of the cinema, as much of modern painting is mainly a comment in paint about painting. They are at the same time an idea about life, about what Cocteau called ‘inner style,’ about the most serious way of being human.” —Susan Sontag 

“Cinephiles will delight in reading this book and following Bresson’s thinking as it develops further and makes each interview more compelling than the last.” —Publishers Weekly

“To not get Bresson is to not get the idea of motion pictures–it’s to have missed that train the Lumiére brothers filmed arriving at Lyon station 110 years ago.” —J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

“Robert Bresson’s 13 features over 40 years constitute arguably the most original and brilliant body of work over a long career from a film director in the history of cinema. He is the most idiosyncratic and uncompromising of all major filmmakers.” —Alan Pavelin, Senses of Cinema


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