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Robert Bresson’s Pathos

Sharon Cameron

in The Bond of the Furthest Apart: Essays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bresson, and Kafka

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226413907
eISBN:
9780226414232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226414232.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This essay examines how Bresson’s cinematography captures phenomena outside a situating placement, specifically the ways in which The Trial of Joan of Arc, Mouchette, and A Man Escaped dismantle ... More


Schrader’s Women: Cat People and Patty Hearst

Brian Brems

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Schrader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474462037
eISBN:
9781474490696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474462037.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Paul Schrader’s connection with director Robert Bresson is often explored through his male characters, the ‘man in his room’ of Light Sleeper and American Gigolo, but Taxi Driver before them and ... More


Animal Sentience: Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar

Sharon Cameron

in The Bond of the Furthest Apart: Essays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bresson, and Kafka

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226413907
eISBN:
9780226414232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226414232.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This essay examines Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar in which, through the filmic congruence of animal and human bodies, we are made to rethink the meaningfulness of the distinction that separates ... More


Introduction

Brian Price

in Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654611
eISBN:
9781452946177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter presents an aspect of Robert Bresson’s production that portrays him as an engaged, militant filmmaker, indicating the political discourse that emerged around his work. ... More


Crime as a Form of Liberation: Modeling Revolt in Pickpocket and A Man Escaped

Brian Price

in Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654611
eISBN:
9781452946177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter suggests that the transcendental tradition of Bresson criticism has been too much concerned with the theological implications of cells and too little concerned with the crimes ... More


Disintegration: Lancelot du Lac; or, The Failure of Identification and Totality

Brian Price

in Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654611
eISBN:
9781452946177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews Bresson’s Lancelot du Lac, in which he remains concerned with the problem of revolution in the aftermath of its perceived failure. His turn to Arthurian legend in 1974 makes ... More


Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950–1980

András Bálint Kovács

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226451633
eISBN:
9780226451664
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226451664.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Casting light on the renowned productions of auteurs like Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, and Robert Bresson, and drawing out from the shadows a range of important but lesser-known works, ... More


Word and Image, World and Nothingness: Logocentrism and Ironic Reversal in Procès de Jeanne d’Arc, Diary of a Country Priest, and Les Anges du péché

Brian Price

in Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654611
eISBN:
9781452946177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Michel Estève’s differentiation of Luis Buñuel’s Nazarin and Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest. The differences between these films is said to reside in Buñuel’s tendency to ... More


The Last Gasp: L’Argent and the End of Socialism

Brian Price

in Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654611
eISBN:
9781452946177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Robert Bresson’s last film of his career, L’Argent, in which he makes the turn from Dostoevsky to Tolstoy. This turn is an evidence of Bresson’s sensitivity to a relation ... More


Styles of Modernism

András Bálint Kovács

in Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950–1980

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226451633
eISBN:
9780226451664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226451664.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter looks at four main styles representing the most important trends that influenced art filmmakers during the late modern period. Not all these tendencies were equally strong or influential ... More


The Aftermath of Revolt: Une femme douce and the Turn to Color

Brian Price

in Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654611
eISBN:
9781452946177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Bresson’s first adaptation of Dostoevsky, Une femme douce, which initiates his transition to color filmmaking. According to Keith Reader, Bresson’s transition to color leads to ... More


The Sight of Death in Tolstoy

Sharon Cameron

in The Bond of the Furthest Apart: Essays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bresson, and Kafka

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226413907
eISBN:
9780226414232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226414232.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This essay engages two strains of Tolstoy’s writing. In the first, the sight of death is the foundation of ethical understanding; in the second, if ethical understanding is practiced, there is no ... More


Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics

Brian Price

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654611
eISBN:
9781452946177
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The French auteur Robert Bresson, director of such classics as Diary of a Country Priest (1951), The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962), The Devil, Probably (1977), and L’Argent (1983), has long been ... More


Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: Love and Silence in First Reformed

Robert Ribera

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Schrader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474462037
eISBN:
9781474490696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474462037.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reads First Reformed as an embodiment and fulfillment of Paul Schrader’s career, a capstone that serves as a meditation on our responsibilities toward each other, our earth, and god. The ... More


The Sense of an Ending: Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinéma

Richard I. Suchenski

in Projections of Memory: Romanticism, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of Film

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190274108
eISBN:
9780190274139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274108.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In the Histoire(s) du cinéma project, Jean-Luc Godard takes the historical friction created by his matrix of cross-references to the threshold of legibility, reviving the strategies of ... More


Telling Tales: Complicating Narration in Journal d’un curé de campagne

Benedict Morrison

in Complicating Articulation in Art Cinema

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780192894069
eISBN:
9780191915192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192894069.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter queries criticism which claims that the priest’s diary in Robert Bresson’s Journal d’un curé de campagne (1951) allows straightforward navigation through the film. Critics have often ... More


Complicating Articulation in Art Cinema

Benedict Morrison

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780192894069
eISBN:
9780191915192
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192894069.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Complicating Articulation in Art Cinema argues that art cinema, unlike classical film, draws attention to its disjointed, multi-parted form, but that criticism has too frequently sought to explain ... More


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