By Bindu Nair. Posted on June 24, 2014
“Robert Bresson is French cinema, as Dostoevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is the German music”
Robert Bresson’s Notes on the Cinematographer is perhaps one of the most important books on cinema ever written. In it, Bresson’s thoughts on film and his methods are expressed in short sentences and fragments without any cohesive structure. At times poetic, random and always fascinating, the book is currently out-of-print but available as pdfs here, here and here. Some great excerpts:
Cinematography to Bresson meant the language and art of filmmaking and not the term as it is used today. In his time, directors still followed the diktats of the theater and did not use all the tools offered by film. Check out this interview with Bresson where he explains his idea of it and the thought process that went into making his unique films:
Finally, here’s an in-depth look at the two different types of editing that filmmakers use to depict a scene, Analytical and Constructive Editing.
Which style of editing do you prefer? Let us know, we would love to know :-).