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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #239 - The Films Of ROBERT BRESSON


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#1 of 31 Brook K

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Posted August 02 2005 - 01:54 AM

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Volume #239 - Robert Bresson

Argent, L' (1983)
The Devil Probably (1977)
Lancelot du Lac (1974)
Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
Une femme douce (1969)
... aka A Gentle Creature
... aka A Gentle Woman
Mouchette (1967)
Au hasard Balthazar (1966)
Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)
Pickpocket (1959)
A Man Escaped (1956)
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Les (1945)
Angels of the Streets (1943)
Affaires publiques, Les (1934)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 31 Brook K

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Posted August 02 2005 - 02:15 AM

Trained as a painter, Robert Bresson moved into screenwriting and then directing. After his first 3 films, he developed a unique minimalist style. He would break stories down to their bare essentials. He called his actors, "models", and wanted them to give flat, expressionless deliveries, willing to shoot take after take until he got exactly what he wanted. But in his soundtracks he took pain-staking care to make sure each sound was represented accurately.

His films are demanding, even difficult, such that he will probably never be one of my favorites, but I do admire several of his films.

1. Diary of a Country Priest - A- (An often beautiful and rending treastise on faith in which a young priest finds himself inadequately equipped to minister to his small, troubled community.)
2. L'Argent - A- (Bresson's final film is a moving and biting portrait of how money controls us and the destructive power of greed and deceit)
3. Lancelot du lac - A- (Using the Arthurian legends to make a powerful anti-war film)
4. Procès de Jeanne d'Arc - A-
5. Les Dames du Bois du Bologne - B+
6. A Man Escaped - B (a prison escape film in which mental and emotional preparations and activities are more important than the physical effort)
7. Pickpocket - B
8. Au Hasard Balthazar - C (Considered among the all-time great films, I found this so bleak that I had trouble generating any emotional involvement.)
9. Mouchette - C

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Mouchette is his remaining film I'd most like to see.
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 31 SteveGon

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Posted August 02 2005 - 02:17 AM

L' Argent (1983) ***
Lancelot du Lac (1974) ***
Mouchette (1967) ***
Au hasard Balthazar (1966) ***1/2
Pickpocket (1959) ***1/2
A Man Escaped (1956) ****
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) ***1/2
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) ***1/2


#4 of 31 Mario Gauci

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Posted August 02 2005 - 02:23 AM

Now, you're talking, BrookPosted Image: one of my favorites!

In order of merit:


1.A Man Escaped (1956) ****
2.Pickpocket (1959) ****
3.Diary Of A Country Priest (1951) ****
4.Lancelot Du Lac (1974) ***1/2
5.Au Hasard, Balthazar (1966) ***1/2
6.L' Argent (1983) ***1/2
7.Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne (1945) ***1/2
8.Les Anges Du Peche` (1943) ***1/2
9.Mouchette (1967) ***
10.The Devil, Probably (1977) ***


11.A Gentle Woman (1969) ***
12.Four Nights Of A Dreamer (1971) ***
13.The Trial Of Joan Of Arc (1962) *** - a fine film in itself, but it does suffer somewhat in comparison with Dreyer's sublime THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1928)


14.Public Affairs (1934) **1/2



Bresson is quite simply one of the greatest film-makers ever whose deceptively matter-of-fact style - wholly absorbing and deeply spiritual to my eyes - puts to shame all the whizz-kids in HollywoodPosted Image!



#5 of 31 george kaplan

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Posted August 02 2005 - 02:47 AM

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Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Les (1945)
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

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#6 of 31 Bill McA

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Posted August 02 2005 - 08:50 AM


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Titles in RED are theatrical screenings

Robert Bresson
Sep 25, 1901 - Dec 18, 1999

L'Argent (1983) Posted Image
The Devil, Probably (1977) Posted Image
Lancelot du Lac (1974) Posted ImagePosted Image
Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971) Posted ImagePosted Image
Une Femme Douce (1969) Posted Image
Mouchette (1967) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
Au hasard Balthazar (1966) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Pickpocket (1959) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
A Man Escaped (1956) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
Angels of Sin (1943) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Les Affaires Publiques (1934)

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#7 of 31 Jim_K

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Posted August 02 2005 - 10:23 AM

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ROBERT BRESSON (1901 - 1999)


Argent, L' (1983) Posted Image Posted Image
The Devil Probably (1977)
Lancelot du Lac (1974) TURD!
Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
Une femme douce (1969)
Mouchette (1967)
Au hasard Balthazar (1966) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (1962) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Pickpocket (1959) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
A Man Escaped (1956) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
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Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Les (1945) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Angels of the Streets (1943)
Affaires publiques, Les (1934)






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#8 of 31 Elizabeth S

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Posted August 02 2005 - 01:56 PM

Seen, in order of preference:

Au Hasard Balthazar
Diary of a Country Priest

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Posted August 02 2005 - 07:29 PM

L'Argent Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Le Diable, Problement Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Lancelot du Lac Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Four Nights of a Dreamer Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Une Femme Douce Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image 1/2

Mouchette Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Au Hasard Balthazar Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Trial of Joan of Arc Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Pickpocket Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

A Man Escaped Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Diary of a Country Priest Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Les Anges du Peche Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image 1/2

Les Affaires Publiques Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#10 of 31 Arman

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#11 of 31 Brook K

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Posted November 23 2005 - 07:22 PM

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Pickpocket - B
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#12 of 31 SteveGon

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Posted November 24 2005 - 01:22 AM

Pickpocket ***1/2

#13 of 31 SteveGon

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Posted December 13 2005 - 12:15 AM

Mouchette ***

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Argent, L' (1983) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The Devil Probably (1977)
Lancelot du Lac (1974)
Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
Une femme douce (1969)
Mouchette (1967)
Au hasard Balthazar (1966) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Pickpocket (1959) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
A Man Escaped (1956) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Les (1945)
Angels of the Streets (1943)
Affaires publiques, Les (1934)

#15 of 31 Brook K

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Posted March 15 2006 - 05:03 AM

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Procès de Jeanne d'Arc - A-
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#16 of 31 SteveGon

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Posted August 13 2006 - 02:25 PM

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne ***1/2 out of ****

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Posted October 19 2006 - 03:37 AM

Argent, L' (1983) - 8/10
The Devil Probably (1977) - 6/10
Lancelot du Lac (1974) - 2/10
Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971) - 8/10
Une femme douce (1969) - 9/10
Mouchette (1967) - 9/10
Au hasard Balthazar (1966) - 9/10
Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) - 8/10
Pickpocket (1959) - 8/10
A Man Escaped (1956) - 9/10
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) - 6/10
Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Les (1945) - 7/10
Angels of the Streets (1943) - 8/10
Affaires publiques, Les (1934) - 5/10


If I had to make a top 10 directors list, Bresson would definitely be a contender. A couple of missteps, but I've been meaning to give those a second chance.

#18 of 31 Jim_K

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Posted March 24 2007 - 01:47 AM

Updated Master list...............................
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#19 of 31 Brook K

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Mouchette - C
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#20 of 31 Bill McA

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