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Robert Bresson
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Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson (September 25, 1907 - December 18, 1999) was a French film director and master of minimalism.


Initially a painter and photographer, Bresson made his first short film, Les affaires publiques (Public Affairs) in 1934. During World War II, he spent over a year in a prisoner-of-war camp.

In 1943, Bresson made his first feature, Les Anges du péché (Angels of Sin), based on Denis Diderot's Jacques Le Fataliste. His next project, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945), (The Ladies of Boulogne Forest) was based upon the work of Jean Cocteau.

Bresson's best-known films, Journal d'un curé de campagne (1953) (Diary of a Country Priest)' and L'Argent (1983) (The Money) are famous for their austere style and their bleak, existential view of life.

In 1976, Bresson published Notes sur le Cinématographe, in which he argued that cinematography is the higher function of cinema: whereas a movie is in essence "only" filmed theatre, cinematography is an attempt to create a new language of moving images and sounds via montage.

Filmography (as director)