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Bresson, Robert (Translated by Jonathan Griffin) & Cunneen, Joseph (Text). ROBERT BRESSON: "NOTES ON CINEMATOGRAPHY" AND "FOUR NIGHTS OF A DREAMER". New York City, NY: Urizen Books, 1977. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 72 pages. Fine/Fine.

Rare Robert Bresson collectible set. A fine copy of "Notes On Cinematography" with a pristine copy of "Quatre Nuits D'Un Reveur" ("Four Nights of A Dreamer") film transfer on Blu-ray. Retrospective collection of aphoristic essays. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run a hardcover original. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Robert Bresson's "Notes On Cinematography" in a felicitous English translation. The auteur's aesthetics, in ruminative bits and pieces. Bresson created a "spiritual" style that is identifiably his own. For Bresson, every film style - what he means by "cinematography" - needs to be uniquely cinematic rather than derivative of theater. Now, for many film directors, actors, and moviegoers, acting is "performance", a theatrical notion. The film actor is more than that, becomes a Bressonian presence who embodies the spiritual dimension. In practice, this means that the actor must be shorn of all traces of the theater's methods and mannerisms. "Entertainment", yet another idea from theater, remains the reason most people watch movies whereas Bresson persevered in creating a film experience that is immersive rather than escapist, whereby the medium's vast resources are pared down to their bare essence in order to create great art, "depth within narrowly defined limits", working within self-imposed limits, not Hollywood excess. One especially admires Bresson's emotional self-regulation as the aesthetic ideal: To forgo the instant gratification that popular culture offers in favor of a greater aesthetic experience. An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Bresson collectors. This title is a classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in fine condition overall: Clean, crisp, and bright. It comes with a pristine copy of "Quatre Nuits D'Un Reveur" ("Four Nights of A Dreamer") film on Blu-ray. Produced as a Limited Edition of 500 copies in Japan only (in the French original with Japanese subtitles; a detailed scene-by-scene description in English by Joseph Cunneen is included), the Blu-ray is exemplary in every respect, the best version of the film we have ever seen (the streaming version on Amazon is abominable), and is now rare. Please note: Should NOT be confused with the Softcover Edition. Copies of the book available online have serious flaws. Copies of the Blu-ray available online command hundreds of dollars when they occasionally turn up. A rare set thus. One of the greatest film artists of the 20th century. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT BRESSON TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0916354288. $700.00

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