Robert Bresson (I) (1901–1999)


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Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs (1934) in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin (1943) in 1943. His next film, Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) would be the last ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 98) in Paris, France

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Mouchette Writer
(1967)
(1966)
A Man Escaped Writer
(1956)

Filmography

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 1983 L'Argent (writer)
 1969 A Gentle Woman (adaptation - uncredited)
 1967 Mouchette (scenario & adaptation and dialogue)
 1959 Pickpocket (writer)
 1956 A Man Escaped (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1951 Diary of a Country Priest (scenario - adaptation)
 1945 Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (scenario & adaptation)
 1943 Angels of Sin (scenario)
 1937 Southern Carrier (shooting script - as R. Bresson)
 1936 Les jumeaux de Brighton (adaptation)
 1934 Public Affairs (Short) (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1933 C'était un musicien (dialogue)
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Show Show Self (10 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Author of the book "Notes sur le cinématographe" (Editions Gallimard, Paris).

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 18 Print Biographies | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

R. Bresson

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Leidia van de Zee | See more »

Parents:

Léon Bresson | Marie-Élisabeth Bresson
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Personal Quote:

I think that in other films' actors speak as if they were on stage. As a result, the audience is used to theatrical inflections. That makes my non-actors appear unique, and thus, they seem to be speaking in a single new way. I want the essence of my films to be not the words my people say or even the gestures they perform, but what these words and gestures provoke in them. What I tell them to do ... See more »

Trivia:

His early artistic focus was to separate the language of cinema from that of the theater, which often relies heavily upon the actor's performance to drive the work. See more »

Trademark:

Always cast non-actors or (as he called them) "models" to give the characters an impassive, naturalist feel See more »

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