ROBERT BRESSON RETROSPECTIVE
Robert Bresson (25 September 1901 – 18 December 1999) was a French film director known for his spiritual, ascetic and aesthetic 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. Bresson’s influence on French cinema was once described by Jean-Luc Godard, who wrote “Robert Bresson is French cinema, as Dostoyevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is the German music.”
Angels of Sin (original French title: Les anges du péché) was the first feature film directed by Robert Bresson. Made in 1943 about a well-off young woman, decides to become a nun, joining a convent that rehabilitates female prisoners. Through their program, she meets a woman named Thérèse who refuses any help.
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (French for “The ladies of the Bois de Boulogne”) is a 1945 French film directed by Robert Bresson. It is a modern adaptation of a section of Denis Diderot’s Jacques le fataliste (1796) that tells the story of a man who is tricked into marrying a former prostitute.
Pickpocket (1959) It stars the young Uruguayan Martin LaSalle, who was a nonprofessional actor at the time, in the title role, with Marika Green as the ingénue It was the first film for which Bresson wrote an original screenplay rather than “adapting it from an existing text.”
Au hasard Balthazar, also known as Balthazar (1966) The story was inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot and each episode in Balthazar’s life represents one of the seven deadly sins.
The Trial of Joan of Arc (French: Procès de Jeanne d’Arc) is a 1962 historical film. As usual in Bresson’s mature films, The Trial of Joan of Arc stars non-professional performers and is filmed in an extremely spare, restrained style. Bresson’s screenplay is drawn from the transcriptions of Joan’s trial and rehabilitation.