Notes on the Cinematographer has ratings and reviews. Mariel said: Robert Bresson Notes on the Cinematographer is my philosophy book or self-he. Notes on the Cinematographer is a book by the French filmmaker Robert Bresson. It collects Bresson’s reflections on cinema written as short aphorisms. Notes on. Cinematography. Robert Bresson. Translated by Jonathan Griffin. Urizen Books As will become clear, “cinematography” for Bresson has the special.

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When you do n Ahhhhh, yes!!: I try and remember that the bressin of other people’s feelings aren’t always going to be that strong for me to pick up. Mar 02, Jonathan rated it it was amazing. No art without transformation. And that’s where the writing comes in.

I don’t think he ever listened to much music later than Bach. I’m not the right person to ask about that In short notes, using cinematoyrapher fewest possible words, Bresson offers pointed, precise koans on his aesthetic and “method”, which Pretty useless restrictions, I thought what did any of it have to do with telling a good story? Truth and lies aren’t things I really grasp in my hands. He is truly an essential figure in the arts, and one can’t help to think that the cinema was made for artists like Bresson.

It’s obvious that no one can emulate Bresson, but it still proves to be helpful to anyone that wants to start small. Paperbackpages. Any constant fear can become sameness boring. It’s just that I think most of us make our own life soundtracks of what we hear that it becomes a part of us, and not “slipping off elsewhere”.

It isolates your film from the life of your film cinemztographer delectation. A precise collection of notes that will tell you all that Bresson learnt during his lifetime. I wanna know those secret wishes too. I really liked Rosettaeven if it wasn’t “officially” dogme, and love Breaking the Waves. View all 8 comments. What the cinematographer captures with his or her own resources cannot be what the theater, the novel, painting capture with theirs.


Maybe it really is like that. Against the tactics of speed, of noise, set tactics of slowness, of silence. An actor simulating fear of shipwreck on the deck of a real ship battered by a real storm—we believe neither the actor, nor in the ship, nor in the Some nice interviews on youtube with this great genius: However, to me his later color films are his most astonishing achievements cinsmatographer chiefly A Gentle Creature, Lancelot of the Lake, and above all the Devil, Probably. I personally abhor manifestos or any attempts at rule making in art.

A master of the cinema.

The BIG moments in life are usually hand in hand with the most dull. That something that is wholly another, even if it is alike.

Au Hazard Balthazar is utter dreck and I’ve yet to sit through all of Pickpocket breeson turning it off. Here Bresson once again ponders over the different ways cinema and theater represent reality. These two statements should be tattooed on the hands of every aspirant film-maker, and not just aspirant ones, come to think of it. Notes on the Cinematograph, by Robert Bresson.

It adds to it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. An unsoul crushingly way to look at that. It is, however, a perfect example of why motion pictures have a niche in the realm of art–just as there are sentiments which can be expressed with prose and not visuallythe converse is also true. The cinematographer is making a voyage of discovery on a unknown planet. It is a matter of style of and artistic choice.


I try to remember this one. These are bracing, brutal works. Power of the cinematographer who appeals to the two senses in a governable way. Dennis Cooper charming author of Frisk once wrote this rather beautiful appreciation of Bresson: Bresson wrote that there should be no music at all, unless instruments seen in the film.

Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson

He studied philosophy as a bressno man, as well as painting, an ideal pairing for the contemplative, ascetic cinema of Diary of a Country PriestPickpocket and A Man Escaped — all from the s, when the bulk of these notes were written.

There is also the choice of the bits. Oct 21, Viktor rated it liked it Shelves: I liked what he said about it working when the models Bresson doesn’t call his actors “actors” and it works out right when they get his secret wishes.

If there were any director you might expect to write what is, in effect, a philosophical notebook on the art and science of film-making, it would be Bresson.

Notes on the Cinematographer

He avoids imposing a structure on the film in cinematograpber screenwriting process, yet his films are masterpieces; and the performances he achieves are memorable. At least something not cold. The formula, the technique, doesn’t work. Open Preview See a Problem?

It is going to get tiresome to keep quoting so much