Grace and Perfection: The Films of Robert Bresson

March 3–April 1, 2017

A near-complete restrospective of the French director's austere yet compassionate work.

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  • Mouchette

  • Au hasard Balthazar

  • Pickpocket

  • A Man Escaped

  • The Devil, Probably

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  • L'argent

    • Saturday, March 4 5:30 PM
    • Saturday, April 1 6 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1983

    Digital Restoration

    A young man unknowingly passes counterfeit cash and sets off an escalating spiral of crimes in Bresson’s last film, a tough, terse investigation of the power of money adapted from a Tolstoy novella.

    Introduction and post-screening discussion with Tony Pipolo

  • The Devil, Probably

    • Friday, March 31 7:30 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1977

    In this portrait of a young Parisian whose personal crisis mirrors the ecological, political, and social disasters of his time, Bresson’s morally probing compassion meets the cynicism of the 1970s.

  • Pickpocket

    • Saturday, March 11 8:15 PM
    • Wednesday, March 29 7 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1959

    A Parisian thief’s anguish and redemption are played out in Bresson’s famous reworking of Crime and Punishment. “An unmitigated masterpiece” (Paul Schrader).

  • Lancelot of the Lake

    • Sunday, March 26 4:30 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1974

    Imported 35mm Print

    Bresson gives us Lancelot and Guinevere and the end of the Arthurian era, a brave experiment in sound, image, and souls. “Stunningly beautiful, mesmerizing, exhausting, uplifting, amazing.” (Time Out)

  • Une femme douce

    • Saturday, March 25 8:15 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1969

    Digital Restoration

    Dominique Sanda stars in Bresson’s first color film, the simple, mysteriously resonant story of a young woman’s marriage and her suicide. Adapted from a Dostoyevsky short story.

  • Mouchette

    • Saturday, March 25 6:30 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1967

    Bresson’s portrayal of the life and death of a despised country girl is gritty yet lyrical and ultimately sublime. “In Mouchette, the world itself is a mystical stage” (J. Hoberman).

  • Au hasard Balthazar

    • Sunday, March 19 4:30 PM
    • Friday, March 24 7:30 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1966

    Bresson found the perfect protagonist for this film in a donkey, “born, like all beings, to suffer and die needlessly and mysteriously. . . . A morbidly beautiful flower of cinematic art” (Andrew Sarris).

  • A Man Escaped

    • Saturday, March 18 6 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1956

    From the true account of a Resistance leader who escaped from a Nazi prison just before he was to be executed, Bresson created a film where the drama is all internal. “Essential viewing” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

  • Les dames du Bois de Boulogne

    • Sunday, March 12 5 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1945

    Imported 35mm Print

    Bresson updates an eighteenth-century Diderot novel to contemporary Paris with this story of a beautiful woman who takes revenge on her ex-lover. “A landmark in cinema history” (David Thomson).

  • The Trial of Joan of Arc

    • Saturday, March 11 6:30 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1962

    Imported 35mm Print

    In his austere, transcendent dramatization of transcripts from Joan of Arc’s trial, Bresson conveys the mystery of the woman and the reality of the saint.

  • Les anges du péché

    • Sunday, March 5 7 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1943

    Imported 35mm Print

    Bresson’s visual elegance and uncompromising narrative style are already in evidence in his first feature film, which follows a sophisticated young woman into the closed world of a convent.

  • Diary of a Country Priest

    • Friday, March 3 7:30 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1950

    A young priest tries to lead an exemplary life, but his parishioners respond with scorn and indifference. “A film of great purity, and at the end, almost Bach-like intensity” (Pauline Kael).

    Introduction and post-screening discussion with Tony Pipolo