“It is with something clean and precise that you will force the attention of inattentive eyes and ears.” - Robert Bresson
“God doesn’t reveal himself through mediocrity,” someone comments in Robert Bresson’s late film LE DIABLE PROBABLEMENT, an avowal that could stand as the French master’s artistic credo. Bresson’s sparse and daunting canon - “so concentrated and so unified,” as he described his aesthetic ideal - includes not one work of inconsequence, compromise, or banality. One of film history’s most legendary and influential bodies of work, Bresson’s rigorous oeuvre is comprised over half a century of only thirteen features and one short musical comedy. Disorienting in their strange, singular beauty, Bresson’s films have exerted an unequalled authority over contemporary cinema despite the unavailability of many of them. Encountering Bresson on the big screen for the first time can induce a kind of vertigo, as eyes and ears dulled to inattention by conventional cinema are suddenly forced to a new or heightened awareness, an effect that registers somewhere between bracing and life-changing.
Join us for a retrospective of the films of Robert Bresson, including AU HASARD BALTHAZAR, A MAN ESCAPED (brand new 35mm print!), DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (brand new 35mm print!), LANCELOT DU LAC, THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC, PICKPOCKET, L’ARGENT (brand new 35mm print!), LES ANGES DU PECHE, UNE FEMME DOUCE, LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE, MOUCHETTE and LE DIABLE PROBABLEMENT (brand new 35mm print!).
James Quandt’s Robert Bresson (Revised), recently released by Indiana University Press, will be available for purchase at the Aero Theatre during the series.
Touring series compiled by James Quandt of the TIFF Cinematheque. Program notes by James Quandt.