In March, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive presents a restrospective of iconic French director Robert Bresson (1901–99).

With his first feature, Les Anges du péché (1943)—made after he had been a prisoner of war—, Robert Bresson was recognized as an original and authentic voice in cinema. Over the years, this authenticity would rework itself in film after rigorous film, gaining him awe and more than a few imitators, but never a true heir. Even now, the power of Bresson’s style—austere, yet deeply affecting—remains one of cinema’s pure mysteries.

This near-complete retrospective (lacking only two of the fourteen films he released in his five-decade career) is an immersion in Bresson’s unsparing yet compassionate work, with insights from two featured guests. New York–based film critic Tony Pipolo, author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film, joins us on the opening weekend to speak about Diary of a Country Priest (1950) and L’argent (1983), presented in a new digital restoration. Jeffrey Skoller, UC Berkeley associate professor of film and media, leads In Focus: Robert Bresson, a film-lecture series that considers three films in depth: A Man Escaped (1956), Mouchette (1967), and The Devil, Probably (1977).

Line-up includes the following films: Diary of a Country Priest, L'Argent, Les Anges du Péché, The Trial of Joan of Arc, Pickpocket, Les Dames du bois de Boulogne, A Man Escaped, Au hasard Balthazar, Mouchette, Une femme douce, Cancelled: Lancellot of the Lake, The Devil, Probably.

BAMPFA 2155 Center Street Berkeley, CA 94720

Grace and Perfection: The Films of Robert Bresson

When
March 2, 2017 - April 1, 2017
Where
BAMPFA
2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94720

In March, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive presents a restrospective of iconic French director Robert Bresson (1901–99).

With his first feature, Les Anges du péché (1943)—made after he had been a prisoner of war—, Robert Bresson was recognized as an original and authentic voice in cinema. Over the years, this authenticity would rework itself in film after rigorous film, gaining him awe and more than a few imitators, but never a true heir. Even now, the power of Bresson’s style—austere, yet deeply affecting—remains one of cinema’s pure mysteries.

This near-complete retrospective (lacking only two of the fourteen films he released in his five-decade career) is an immersion in Bresson’s unsparing yet compassionate work, with insights from two featured guests. New York–based film critic Tony Pipolo, author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film, joins us on the opening weekend to speak about Diary of a Country Priest (1950) and L’argent (1983), presented in a new digital restoration. Jeffrey Skoller, UC Berkeley associate professor of film and media, leads In Focus: Robert Bresson, a film-lecture series that considers three films in depth: A Man Escaped (1956), Mouchette (1967), and The Devil, Probably (1977).

Line-up includes the following films: Diary of a Country Priest, L'Argent, Les Anges du Péché, The Trial of Joan of Arc, Pickpocket, Les Dames du bois de Boulogne, A Man Escaped, Au hasard Balthazar, Mouchette, Une femme douce, Cancelled: Lancellot of the Lake, The Devil, Probably.

 

 

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