Robert Bresson (Revised)
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Robert Bresson (Revised)

Revised and Expanded Edition
Edited by James Quandt
Distribution: World excluding Canada
Publication date: 3/2/2012
Format: paper 752 pages, 135 b&w illus.
6.25 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-9682969-5-0
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A PopMatters Best Non-Fiction Book of 2012
Drawing together more than 30 articles by leading critics and scholars, interviews and commentaries by important contemporary filmmakers, and a recent symposium on the director, Robert Bresson (Revised) is an invaluable resource for better understanding the beauty of Bresson’s singular body of work. James Quandt reproduces essential contributions from the original edition, such as essays by Susan Sontag, André Bazin, P. Adams Sitney, and Kristin Thompson. He also includes new material by David Bordwell, Mark Rappaport, Shigehiko Hasumi, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Serge Daney, Jean-Michel Frodon, Colin Burnett, and Richard Suchenski, and by filmmakers Jean-Pierre Gorin and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Distributed for the Toronto International Film Festival Group

Author Bio

James Quandt is Senior Programmer at Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto, where he has organized retrospectives dedicated to the work of Bresson, Kenji Mizoguchi, Kon Ichikawa, Mikio Naruse, Nagisa Oshima, and Shohei Imamura.


"A fine, fat volume of appreciations and interviews." —Richard Corliss, Time

"Important . . . a very welcome work of reference for professors, librarians and all those interested in the oeuvre of Bresson." —Le Figaro

"Impressive anthology." —Molly Haskell, Film Comment

"There is simply no more essential book of material on Bresson to be found in the English language." —

"Robert Bresson (Revised) . . . is an updated edition of an already hugely impressive volume of essays, interviews and appreciations by some of cinema's finest scholars and critics. . . .This . . . really is inarguably the critical study of Robert Bresson." —PopMatters

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Table of Contents

Journal d’un curé de campagne and the Stylistics of Robert Bresson André Bazin
The Universe of Robert Bresson Amédée Ayfre
Spiritual Style in the Films of Robert Bresson Susan Sontag
Robert Bresson: L’Aventure intérieure René Prédal
The Rhetoric of Robert Bresson: From
Journal d’un curé de campagne to Une Femme douce P. Adams Sitney
Cinematography vs. the Cinema: Bresson’s Figures P. Adams Sitney
Bresson and Pascal: Rhetorical Affinities Mirella Jona Affron
On Robert Bresson’s Film
Les Anges du péché Roland Barthes
Film Form/Voice-Over: Bresson’s
Diary of a Country Priest Nick Browne
Un Condamné à mort: The Semiotics of Grace Allen Thiher
Picking Dostoevsky’s Pocket: Bresson’s Sl(e)ight of Screen T. Jefferson Kline
“D’où cela vient-il?”: Notes on Three Films by Robert Bresson Keith Reader
Sound as Symbol in
Mouchette Lindley Hanlon
Bresson, Dostoevsky Mireille Latil Le Dantec
The Sheen of Armour, the Whinnies of Horses: Sparse Parametric Style in
Lancelot du Lac Kristin Thompson
A Stranger’s Posture: Notes on Bresson’s Late Films Kent Jones
L’Argent Alberto Moravia
The Negative Vision of Robert Bresson Raymond Durgnat
The Question: Interview by Jean-Luc Godard and Michel Delahaye
Robert Bresson, Possibly: Interview by Paul Schrader
I Seek Not Description But Vision: Robert Bresson on
L’Argent Michel Ciment
Burel & Bresson: Interview by Rui Nogueira
Bresson, A Stylist Harun Farocki
Terror and Utopia of Form
Addicted to Truth: A Film Story about Robert Bresson’s
Au hasard Balthazar Michael Haneke
Original Essays
Introduction James Quandt
“All Things Conceal a Mystery”: The Hidden God in Robert Bresson’s
Au hasard Balthazar and Le Diable probablement James Quandt
Bresson in the 1930s: Photography, Cinema, Milieu Colin Burnett
The Exchange: Narration and Style in
Les Anges du péché David Bordwell
“The Sum of a Mysterious Operation”: Bresson’s
Joan of Arc Richard Suchenski
Led by the Scarlet Pleats: Bresson’s
L’Argent Shigehiko Hasumi
Pickpocket—Revisited, Again Mark Rappaport
The “Being There” of the Physical World and the Ejaculatory Power of the Eye: Eroticism in the Films of Robert Bresson Jean-Michel Frodon
Robert Bresson: A Symposium Various Contributors
Affaires publiques Jonathan Rosenbaum
The Organ and the Vacuum Cleaner Serge Daney
Encountering Robert Bresson Charles Thomas Samuels
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne Tony Pipolo
Bresson’s Movies Robert Creeley
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