Robert Bresson

By Keith Reader

Robert Bresson


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5366-5
  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £10.99
  • Published Date: June 2000
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film scripts & screenplays, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Film history, theory & criticism, Film scripts & screenplays, Film and Media
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the work of Robert Bresson, one of the most respected and acclaimed directors in the history of cinema.. The first monograph on his work to appear in English for many years dealing not only with his thirteen feature-length films but also his little-seen early short Affaires publiques and his short treatise Notes on cinematography.. The films are considered in chronological order, using a perspective that draws variously on spectator theory, Catholic mysticism, gender theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis.. The major critical responses to his work, from the adulatory to the dismissive, are summarized and analyzed.. The work includes a full filmography and a critical bibliography.


1. Bresson before Bresson
2. Le journal d'un curé de campagne
3. The 'prison cycle'
4. The last black and white films
5. Bresson and Dostoevsky
6. Sixth time lucky
7. The director as writer
8. Civilization and its discontents


Keith Reader is Professor of French at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne

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