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This Saturday: ROBERT BRESSON

Arguably the most idiosyncratic and uncompromising of major filmmakers, Robert Bresson was little influenced by other directors, and his austere and aesthetically rigorous work remains unique. Directing only 13 features over 40 years, Bresson fashioned his films without surrendering to dictates of commerce, audience popularity or preconceptions of what “cinema” should be. His sources were almost invariably classical, but his radical reinterpretations of the material frequently made it almost unrecognizable. A superb manipulator of narrative, he focused increasingly on seemingly irrelevant details in the story, often obscuring or hiding major plot twists. Though a masterful director of trained actors, Bresson refused to use them after his first two films, turning instead to amateurs whom he ruthlessly rehearsed to rid them of any traces of theatricality.


This Saturday's Movies - 10/4/2014
4:00 PM
10:40 PM
After getting getting released for pick pocketing as a hobby, Michael's life takes a turn for the worse when his mother dies. Refusing his friends support he instead decides to pursue pick pocketing as an alternate means of survival.

(France, 1959, B&W, dir. Robert Bresson, with Martin La Salle & Marika Green, French with English Subtitles)

5:30 PM
A young Priest (Claude Laydu) arrives to be the local parish priest. While not initially accepted, he still tries to affect the community in a positive way.

(France, 1951, B&W, 115 mins, dir. Robert Bresson, with Claude Laydu & Jean Riveyre, French with English subtitles)

7:30 PM
Realizing that her lover is losing interest in her, a society lady gets revenge by tricking him into marrying a former prostitute. A redeeming story of love, calculated revenge, forgiveness, and ultimately redemption.

(France, 1945, B&W, 85 min, dir. Robert Bresson, with Paul Bernard & Maria Casares, French with English subtitles)

9:00 PM
French Resistance activist Andre Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis, and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape.

(France, 1956, B&W, 97 mins, dir. Robert Bresson, with Francois Leterriere & Charles Le Clainche, French with English subtitles)



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