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Quotations From ROBERT BRESSON

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  • 1.
    Films can only be made by by-passing the will of those who appear in them, using not what they do, but what they are.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French filmmaker. Times (London, Nov. 1, 1990).
  • 2.
    The true is inimitable, the false untransformable.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: The Real," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).
  • 3.
    When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best—that is inspiration.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: The Real," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).

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  • 4.
    My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: On Looks," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).

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  • 5.
    Model. Two mobile eyes in a mobile head, itself on a mobile body.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: On Automatism," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).
  • 6.
    The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: Exercises," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).

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  • 7.
    One forgets too easily the difference between a man and his image, and that there is none between the sound of his voice on the screen and in real life.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: Gestures and Words," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).

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  • 8.
    Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention: people look without seeing, listen in without hearing.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: Exercises," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).

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  • 9.
    In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "Further Notes 1960-1974," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).

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  • 10.
    An old thing becomes new if you detach it from what usually surrounds it.
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: On Poverty," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).
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