Directed by Robert Bresson

Directed by Robert Bresson

9 Episodes

A singular, iconoclastic artist, Robert Bresson left behind an astonishing body of work, defined by the search for what he called “not beautiful images, but necessary images.” In a long, visionary career that began in the 1940s and ended in the 1980s, he continually refined the strict precision of his famously ascetic style—abolishing psychology, professional actors, and ornate camera work, and instead concentrating on the exactingly choreographed movements of his “models” (as he called his performers) and the anguished solitude of his martyred characters. In indelible visions of suffering and salvation like PICKPOCKET, AU HASARD BALTHAZAR, and MOUCHETTE, he stripped cinema to its essence to reveal nothing less than the very soul of his subjects.

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Directed by Robert Bresson
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    Episode 1

  • Les dames du Bois de Boulogne

    Episode 2

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1945 • France
    Starring Paul Bernard, María Casares, Elina Labourdette

    This unique love story, based on a novelette by Denis Diderot and with dialogue written by Jean Cocteau, follows the maneuverings of a society lady as she connives to initiate a scandalous affair b...

  • A Man Escaped

    Episode 3

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1956 • France
    Starring François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock

    With the simplest of concepts and sparest of techniques, Robert Bresson made one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time in A MAN ESCAPED. Based on the account of an impriso...

  • Pickpocket

    Episode 4

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1959 • France
    Starring Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Pierre Leymarie

    This incomparable story of crime and redemption from the French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of P...

  • The Trial of Joan of Arc

    Episode 5

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1962 • France

    Fourteen years after Hollywood ran aground with its film of Joan of Arc (starring Ingrid Bergman), French filmmaker Robert Bresson turned his attention to the last part of Joan's life, and the result was a stark and beautifully compact retelling of the ...

  • Au hasard Balthazar

    Episode 6

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1966 • France
    Starring Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge

    A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, Robert Bresson’s AU HASARD BALTHAZAR follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some ...

  • Mouchette

    Episode 7

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1967 • France
    Starring Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal

    Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feeling with MOUCHETTE, one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film. Faced with a dying mother, an absent, alcoholic fath...

  • The Devil, Probably

    Episode 8

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1977 • France
    Starring Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari, Henri de Maublanc

    “My sickness is that I see clearly.” Robert Bresson’s most controversial film (the French government banned viewers under the age of eighteen from seeing it, believing it would incite a rash of ...

  • L'argent

    Episode 9

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1983 • France, Switzerland
    Starring Christian Patey, Vincent Risterucci, Caroline Lang

    In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a ...