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Tim Cawkwell's Cinema

Intelligible writing on intelligent film, plus some poetry

Robert Bresson

[Bresson is the central figure in my NEW FILMGOER'S GUIDE TO GOD]

Robert Bresson lived from1901 to1999. From the 1940s to the early 1980s he made 13 feature films that vividly define a view of France in the period, that deal with Catholic and philosophical narratives about free will and redemption, and that develop a narrative style that is both crafted and imagined more seriously and more successfully than any other film-maker of the twentieth century. In the Sight and Sound 2012 poll of 850 critics and film-makers for their top films, Bresson had more films in that top 250 - seven (three in the top 100 and one in the top twenty) - than any other film-maker.

Since 2009 I have been publishing an occasional series of REFLECTIONS ON BRESSON. The list so far appears on the left, the latest being no. 19 comparing Un Condamné and Jacques Becker's Le Trou.

I have also prepared a page of study materials, very selective. It includes the book, 'Robert Bresson Revised', two websites, and some of my own more extended essays. Click here to go to it.

To read my review of the new (2013) book of selected interviews with Bresson conducted between 1943 and 1983 and edited by his widow Mylene Bresson, click here. To download a pdf version, click here.

Sorry it's not in French as well, which it ought to be.