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Notes on the Cinematograph [Paperback]

Item : Notes on the Cinematograph [Paperback]
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Author Author : Bresson, Robert
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1681370247
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781681370248
Publisher Publisher : NYRB Classics
Pages Pages : 112
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100031015

The French film director Robert Bresson was one of the great artists of the twentieth century and among the most radical, original, and radiant stylists of any time. He worked with nonprofessional actors—models, as he called them—and deployed a starkly limited but hypnotic array of sounds and images to produce such classic works asA Man Escaped,Pickpocket,Diary of a Country Priest, andLancelot of the Lake. From the beginning to the end of his career, Bresson dedicated himself to making movies in which nothing is superfluous and everything is always at stake.

Notes on the Cinematographdistills the essence of Bresson’s theory and practice as a filmmaker and artist. He discusses the fundamental differences between theater and film; parses the deep grammar of silence, music, and noise; and affirms the mysterious power of the image to unlock the human soul. This book, indispensable for admirers of this great director and for ­students of the cinema, will also prove an inspiration, much like Rilke’sLetters to a Young Poet, for anyone who responds to the claims of the imagination at its most searching and rigorous. 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...Notes on the Cinematograph is the ultimate refinement of Bresson's thought, a loosely grouped succession of aphorisms and Zen koans. —J. Hoberman, The New York Times

“If there were any director you might expect to write what is, in effect, a philosophical notebook on the art and science of film-making, it would be Bresson...This is…a collection that reaches beyond its subject matter. It actuallyisphilosophy.” —Nicholas Lezard,The Guardian

“Half-philosophy, half-poetry,Notes on thlC8

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