Counterfeits and counterfeiting -- Drama, Criminals -- France -- Drama, Murder -- France -- Drama, Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910 -- Film and video adaptations


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  • Introduction and Post-screening Discussion

    Tony Pipolo will appear only at the March 4 screening. He is professor emeritus of film and literature at the City University of New York and author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film.


Christian Patey, Sylvie Van Den Elsen, Michel Briguet, Caroline Lang,

Bresson is probably the most stringent stylist that narrative cinema has yet produced, the French cinema’s brilliant monomaniac. He forces total concentration: scenes are enacted and assembled without differing degrees of emphasis. Whatever inspires people can only be inferred from their laconic utterances and meager gestures. Taken from Tolstoy’s “The False Note,” L’argent is a serenely composed crime story that tells its ruthless tale without once raising its voice. An ordinary young man is caught up in a spiraling sequence of crimes that culminate in a double hatchet murder. His acts are inexplicable, but they are triggered by false testimony, abandonment, ordinary people on the take—and something totally mysterious in the soul of the protagonist. L’argent has the manner of an official report, the tone of a spiritual autopsy.

Russell Merritt
  • Robert Bresson
Based On
  • “The False Note” by Leo Tolstoy

  • Pasqualino De Santis
  • Emmanuel Machuel
  • French
  • English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 85 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection

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L'argent (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 1999

The poetry of precision: the films of Robert Bresson (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1998

Robert Bresson (press kit), Pacific Film Archive, 1998

L'argent (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1995

The films of Robert Bresson (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1993

L'argent (review), Variety, 1984

Masterpiece (review), East West (San Francisco, Calif.), 1984

L'argent (review), Film Journal International, Doris Toumarkine, 1984

L'argent: watch the money go round (review), Reader (Los Angeles, Calif.), Dan Sallitt, 1984

Thoughts on Bresson and Hitchcock (article), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1984

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