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Aero Theatre | Robert Bresson: An American Cinematheque Retrospective
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AU HASARD BALTHAZAR, 1966, Janus Films, 95 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson.
Robert Bresson’s brief, elliptical tale about the life and death of a donkey contains such plenitude – in its steady accumulation of incident, characters, mystery and social detail, its implicative use of sound, off-screen space and editing – that it might very well merit Godard’s famous claim that it is “the world in an hour and a half.” Paralleling the mistreatment and downfall of two innocents – Marie, a young farmer’s daughter, and Balthazar, a Christ-like donkey passed from one master to the next – the film has been chosen as one of the greatest in cinema history by countless critics and cinephiles.
MOUCHETTE, 1967, Janus Films, 82 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson.
Based on a novel by Georges Bernanos (who also penned DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST), Bresson’s masterpiece chronicles the last days in the barren, isolated life of a poor provincial girl (Nadine Nortier), beset with a dying mother, an alcoholic father and an infant brother, who greets ridicule and humiliation with a truculent defiance.
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