Robert Bresson


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Robert Bresson (25 September 1901 – 18 December 1999) was a French film director known for his spiritual, ascetic style. He contributed notably to the art of film and influenced the French New Wave. He is often referred to as the most highly regarded French filmmaker after Jean Renoir. As Jean-Luc Godard said, "Robert Bresson is French cinema, as Dostoevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is ... more »

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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • 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, co...
    Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: On Looks," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).
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