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Bresson, Robert (Subject) & Cunneen, Joseph (Author). ROBERT BRESSON: A SPIRITUAL STYLE IN FILM. New York City, NY: Continuum Press, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 200 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's book-length account on subject. One of the most important books on the art of film and Robert Bresson's contribution to it. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the 2004 Reissued Edition and all other subsequent editions. The book is now rare. Presents a film-by-film analysis of Robert Bresson's great ascetic films, which enjoy an enormous worldwide following. There are cinephiles and critics in the world who believe that all in all, Robert Bresson was the greatest film artist of the 20th century. His admirers include some of the very greatest names in cinema: "Is it as tough as Bresson? Is meaning ruthlessly pared down, as direct, as unflinching in its gaze at aspects of life I might feel more comfortable ignoring?" (Martin Scorsese). "Bresson is to film what Dostoevsky is to the novel and Mozart to music" (Jean-Luc Godard). Bresson himself wrote one of the most influential books on cinema, "Notes On The Cinematographer". Cunneen's book is influenced, as almost all else that has been written on Bresson, by Susan Sontag's seminal essay, "Spiritual Style In The Films of Robert Bresson" (starting with the title of his book). Cunneen's book joins Bresson's and Sontag's pieces as the most invaluable guide to the art of the one filmmaker who made austerity an aesthetic ideal, "depth within narrowly defined limits" (Andrei Tarkovsky). A "must-have" title for Robert Bresson collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a long time. This is one of very few copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with film stills from Robert Bresson's oeuvre. One of the greatest film artists of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0826414710. $100.00

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