Notes on the Cinematographer, by Robert Bresson
Review by Jeffrey M. Anderson
Buy Notes on the Cinematographer, by Robert Bresson.
Bresson, who died in December of 1999, was one of the world's greatest
film artists. He attempted to make something a little more than the product
of a business arrangement. Lucky for us, he left behind 13 films and this
book, a slim, small volume, that illustrates how he did it. Written in little
bursts of poetry are the elements of his filmmaking manifesto. Everyone
who makes films would do right to read it. Randomly: "Images and sounds
are fortified by being transplanted." or "Your film will have
the beauty, or the sadness, or what have you, that one finds in a town,
in a countryside, in a house, and not the beauty, sadness, etc. that one
finds in the photograph of a town, a countryside, or a house."
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