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The End of Knighthood

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

Book chapter

...lancelot of the lake was a project bresson had long dreamed of; he first hoped to work on it even before A Man Escaped. It is a purely speculative question as to how different the movie would have been if he had made it in the mid-1950s...

Apocalypse Now

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

Book chapter

...“of all my films,” bresson concedes, the devil probably (1977) is “the most ghastly. But none of them are despairing.”Robert Bresson, Cinématographie, no. 29 (July-August 1977). A courageous indictment of the forces in contemporary society...

The Spirit Blows through Prison

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

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...a man escaped (1956), bresson’s next movie, demonstrates that the “spiritual” aspect of his work is due more to style than subject matter. (Its more precise French title, Un condamné à mort s’est échappé, would translate as A Man Condemned...

Images in a Certain Order

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

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...now that we have looked-however briefly-at bresson’s films, what remains except to urge you to see them, if possible more than once? You will probably discover many things I missed or failed to point out because I thought they were already...

The Education of a Romantic

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

Book chapter

...bresson returned to dostoevsky for the source of his next film, Four Nights of a Dreamer, this time choosing “White Nights,” a short story very different in tone from A Gentle Woman. The latter was published in 1876, in his Diary...

A Demanding Artist Who Respects His Audience

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

Book chapter

...although robert bresson (1901–1999) is recognized by distinguished critics and fellow directors as one of the greatest filmmakers of the twentieth century, he remains largely unknown to the majority of American moviegoers. This is not due...

Bresson before Bresson

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

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...bresson certainly never disavowed his first two movies and they have always had distinguished admirers, but they are primarily of interest in suggesting ways in which they prepare for substantive changes in what was to become his signature...

“All Is Grace”

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

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...bresson’s next project, the adaptation of bernanos’s great novel Journal d’un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest), was a major step in the discovery of his own approach to cinema. Instead of being a studio production, it was shot...

The Donkey as Witness

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

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...the central character of bresson’s next movie, Au hasard Balthasar, is a donkey. Shot in a village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, it is filled with memories of the director’s own childhood. Bresson called Balthasar “the freest film I...

The Purity of Rebellion

Joseph Cunneen

Joseph Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly Cross Currents where he was also editor for nearly half a century. He has published studies on the film makers Kieslowski, Rohmer, Tarkovsky, and Bresson, and has contributed articles on religious and cultural issues to such journals as America, Commonweal, Esprit, Midstream, and The Nation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Robert Bresson : A Spiritual Style in Film

Continuum, 2003

Book chapter

...shooting on bresson’s next film, mouchette, based on Georges Bernanos’s novella, began only a few months after Balthasar; it was released in 1967. Though less ambitious than Diary of a Country Priest, Nouvelle Histoire de Mouchette...