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Being, Time, and Rhythm: How Cinema as Art is Life

Rhythmic expression of time exists in three states: cinema, life, mind. When these expressions are in harmony, there is bliss. Rhythmic expression of film in harmony with man’s soul (implicit perception of time) equals acceptance of the aesthetic—declared art, love … Continue reading

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The Turin Horse (Tarr, 2011)

For six days, man and woman each eat a potato, and then dark silence overcomes them. Ritual figures deeply in Tarr’s observation of the death of God. Metonyms of the Lord, the horse will not eat, the wind will not … Continue reading

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Bresson, Ranked

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” Bresson’s style of accentuating minimalist details — closing up and slowing down on body parts or material items — repletes his films with a transcendental slowing down of one’s … Continue reading

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Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson, 1966)

It seems rather fitting that I end this retrospective by watching Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). A retrospective is to look back on a person’s work, and Au Hasard Balthazar is concomitantly both the first Bresson I ever saw, and … Continue reading

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Lancelot du Lac (Bresson, 1974)

Lancelot du Lac (1974) is the last feature film of Robert Bresson that I am to see (although I have yet to re-watch and review Au Hasard Balthazar [1966]). Set in the medieval age, the story tells of the Arthurian … Continue reading

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Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d’un curé de campagne, Bresson, 1951)

A performance of austerity on the subject of austerity. A filmmaker practices austerity to create art; a priest (Claude Laydu) practices austerity to instill faith: both seek to fluorish growth amidst the people. The ascetic habits and characteristics of the … Continue reading

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Four Nights Of A Dreamer (Quatre nuits d’un rêveur, Bresson, 1971)

What’s with this film?! The more it settles in my mind, the harder it becomes to think of anything else. To be sure, it’s not a perfect film, and has moments that are quite amateurish compared to Bresson’s other work. … Continue reading

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The Devil Probably (Le Diable Probablement, Bresson, 1977)

The Devil Probably (1977) is a powerful meditation on the arbitrariness of life. Originally restricted in France to those under 18, the film developed controversy due to it’s subjectification of suicide. Many believed that it may incite suicide in certain … Continue reading

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