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Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film Paperback – January 19, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0195319798 ISBN-10: 0195319796 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195319796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195319798
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is by some way the longest and most detailed English-language monograph on Bresson's work French Studies

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Tony Pipolo is Professor Emeritus of Film and Literature at the City University of New York. He is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason on January 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was given this book for Christmas, and couldn't be happier with it. Bresson is a subject who has been needing some responsible modern appreciation free from the blatant agendas of Gary Indiana and David Ehrenstein, both of whom push their interpretations as the only real readings of the films of Bresson and prefer to discredit his spirituality, regardless of what the man himself had stated numerously in interviews throughout his entire career. This situation is addressed in the introduction to the book, in which the author himself points out this dilemma.

Pipolo has pursued Bresson with zeal and accumulated a wealth of knowledge that he shares with us from hundreds of articles, reviews, interviews, essays and firsthand discussions with the filmmaker's widow. He has provided personal translations of French interviews with Bresson, which only further demonstrates the seriousness he approached this book with.

He also offers extensive readings of each film, with context regarding film history and cinematic techniques, and offers new appreciation for lesser-known films in Bresson's oeuvre.

Using his background in both film history and psychology, he has interesting and illuminating interpretations about the master's cinema. Unlike Indiana and others, however, he is quick to point out these are merely personal interpretations, and he offers them only for consideration, opting to let each viewer ultimately come to their own conclusions. This, to me, is what I look for in academic film criticism.

This book makes a wonderful companion to exploring the works of Robert Bresson, aiding newcomers in appreciation and enriching the experience for the established lover of Bresson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Schwartz on June 19, 2014
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Well written, free of arcane theorizing, and knowledgable, Pipolo's review of Bresson's oeuvre is a delight. While I have not finished it yet, it is a welcome addition to the growing body of work about Bresson.
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