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Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson
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May 09, 2012

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Read from May 25 to 28, 2012

Collection of insights into making movies, an art Bresson calls "cinematography," not to be confused with what's commonly called cinematography or cinema. It's more like the flow of life captured by the director's diving rods of camera and tape recorder. Actors are called "models" -- and they should be unrecognizable conveyors of volitionless expression, or something like that. The whole thing's very French, very Zen, stressing silence, intuition, economy. Metaphorically valuable for those not making movies. Ideal pretentious bathroom book or stocking stuffer for a young aesthete. With that said, it's only pretentious in that it's the work of someone who thinks deeply about artistic prearrangements required to create philosophically ideal effects that stay true to a precise understanding of reality expressed via the knotting of images deemed simple and true. Ideas to keep in mind while watching his films -- I've only seen one a few years ago and now hardly remember it. Read this because Will Oldham mentions it as inspiration for "I Am a Cinematographer."
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message 1: by Lee (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lee How could a filmmaker know if the book is valuable or not for a non-filmmaker? By definition, they're excluded from knowing what non-filmmakerhood is like?

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