Notes On The Cinematograph
Notes on the Cinematograph distills the essence of Bresson's theory and practice as a filmmaker and artist. He discusses the fundamental differences between theater and film; parses the deep grammar of silence, music, and noise; and affirms the mysterious power of the image to unlock the human soul. This book, indispensable for admirers of this great director and for students of the cinema, will also prove an inspiration, much like Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, for anyone who responds to the claims of the imagination at its most searching and rigorous.
- Paperback | 128 pages
- 127 x 202 x 9mm | 130g
- 15 Nov 2016
- The New York Review of Books, Inc
- New York, United States
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"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...This is...a collection that reaches beyond its subject matter. It actually is philosophy." --Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
"Half-philosophy, half-poetry, Notes on the Cinematograph reads in places like The Art of War for filmmakers." --John Semley, The A.V. Club
"The power of Bresson's films lies in the fact that his purity and fastidiousness are at the same time an idea about life, about what Cocteau called 'inner style, ' about the most serious way of being human." --Susan Sontag
Short, aphoristic fragments that guide Bresson's film making. Scribbed down as 'notes to self, ' reading them in whole is astonishing & inspiring, a totality of a brilliant filmmaker. --Mike Kitchell, HTMLGiant
Notes on the Cinematograph...feels like the rare beast: a manifesto of filmmaking one doesn't see much of nowadays. In it, Bresson's artistic philosophy is laid bare.
--Zak Salih, The Los Angeles Review of Books
An original and singular figure, Breton sought a truer form of narrative film...a welcome creative tool, both for people interested in making art and for those who just enjoy talking or thinking about it.
--Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, A.V. Club
Bresson's films are many things. They are among the most maddeningly beautiful in all of cinema; each is like a wedge violently driven into the world. Bresson's cinema is a monument to an idea of art that knows no compromise.
--Michael Blum, The Brooklyn Rail
About Jonathan Griffin
Robert Bresson's interviews, edited by Mylène Bresson, are collected in Bresson on Bresson, published by New York Review Books.
Jonathan Griffin (1906-1990) served as the director of BBC European Intelligence during World War II. Among the authors he has translated are Jean Giono, Fernando Pessoa, and Nikos Kazantzakis. A collection of Griffin's poetry, In Earthlight, was published in 1995.
J.M.G. Le Clézio was born in Nice in 1940. He has written more than forty books, including works of fiction and memoir as well as collections of essays and books for children. In 2008 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.