The Invention of Robert Bresson

The Invention of Robert Bresson

The Auteur and His Market
Colin Burnett
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/19/2016
Format: Paperback 35 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02486-2
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Challenging the prevailing notion among cinephiles that the auteur is an isolated genius interested primarily in individualism, Colin Burnett positions Robert Bresson as one whose life's work confronts the cultural forces that helped shape it. Regarded as one of film history's most elusive figures, Bresson (1901–1999) carried himself as an auteur long before cultural magazines, like the famed Cahiers du cinéma, advanced the term to describe such directors as Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jean-Luc Godard. In this groundbreaking study, Burnett combines biography with cultural history to uncover the roots of the auteur in the alternative cultural marketplace of midcentury France.

Author Bio

Colin Burnett is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He has published articles in Film History, Transnational Cinema(s), Studies in French Cinema, The Journal of American Studies, and New Review of Film and Television Studies, and written essays for Robert Bresson (Revised), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory, Directory of World Cinema: France, A Companion to Media Authorship, and Arnheim for Film and Media Studies.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Alternative Institutions
1. Under the Aegis of Surrealism: How a Publicity Artist Became the Manager of an Independent Film Company
2. The Rise of the Accursed: When Bresson was Co-President of an Avant-Garde Ciné-Club
Part Two: Vanguard Forms
3. Purifying Cinema: The Provocations of Faithful Adaptation and First-Person Storytelling in "Ignace de Loyola" (1948) and Journal d’un curé de campagne (1951)
4. Theorizing the Image: Bresson’s Challenge to the Realists--Sparse Set Design, Acting and Photography from Les anges du péché (1943) to Une femme douce (1969)
5. Vernacularizing Rhythm: Bresson and the Shift Toward Dionysian Temporalities--Plot Structure and Editing from Journal d’un curé de campagne (1951) to L’argent (1983)
Selected Bibliography

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