- Series: Green Integer
- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Green Integer (May 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557133654
- ISBN-13: 978-1557133656
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Notes on the Cinematographer (Green Integer)
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From Publishers Weekly
From 1950 to 1974, French film director Bresson ( Pickpocket, Mouchette wrote notes for his own use, and over 450 of those brief reflections were collected for this slim volume. The casual but succinct observations, presented here three or four to a page, consist of short paragraphs or single sentences. Some are fragmentary phrases: "Passionate for the appropriate." Some are self-directed: "Apply myself to insignificant (non-significant) image." Some are maxims: "Empty the pond to get the fish." Some are quotations: "Cezanne: 'At each touch I risk my life.' " Some are questions: "Is it for singing always the same song that the nightingale is so admired?" All demonstrate a scintillating curiosity and quest for perfection.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
This crummy little edition, which I've owned for about a decade, is a letdown. It's just wrong.
So if you're interested in it, you should buy it while it's available. It seems to go on sale sporadically in limited stock. And for $6 it's a great deal.
It's a small little book with a lot of different notes in it. Each page has about 4 or 5 notes. It sort of resembles a book of quotes. It's definitely not a collection of essays on filmmaking. Some of the notes can be a bit redundant with the same idea said over again in a slightly different way. But there are a lot of inspirational little tidbits and guide posts in there that make it a good read. You can read it straight-through but i feel like it's best to have it somewhere handy and occasionally open it up to a random page and read a few of the notes when you need a little bit of inspiration.
If you like Bresson's work or you're a filmmaker interested in his style, i think you'll enjoy it.
YOU CAN BUY THIS BOOK DIRECTLY FROM THE PUBLISHER (greeninteger.com) FOR ONLY $10! Don't sucker in to these jacked up prices. The marketplace sellers are trying to rip you off.
That aside, this is a wonderful, expressionistic mini-tome with haiku-like meditations on cinema as perplexing visual art. Highly recommended (but only if you get it for a reasonable price).
Bresson was a master of composition--I remember watching "Diary of a Country Priest" (1951) and being awestruck by how every frame of the film encapsulated the young priest's suffering and isolation. No camera tricks, no flimflammery, just the unerring eye (and ear) of a director, an AUTEUR at the very peak of his form.
NOTES ON THE CINEMATOGRAPHER is a marvel, one of the most beautiful books related to cinema ever written. In a series of short, koan-like statements, Robert Bresson explores how one captures truth and authenticity on film. Bresson abhorred artifice and preferred to work with amateur or unknown actors (he referred to them as "models") rather than the "stars" of the day. To the end of his life, he persisted in seeking out authentic moments, human encounters, attempting, as he puts it, "To translate the invisible wind by the water it sculpts in passing".
Indispensable. Every young film maker should own a copy of this modest, priceless volume.
& stay overpriced until a more sensible seller offers the book for what it's worth.
As I write this, it is $170 new & $75 used.
This is just a note to all buyers. If you go to the Green Integer website, it is always only $11.
This is beautiful book by a very conflicted & gifted filmmaker whose methods often contradiction his theories, reinforcing the conflict & making for a fascinating read.