The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Diary of a Country Priest
This starkly beautiful tale of a young dying priest achieves a sense of cinematic spirituality on a par with Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc. The first fully Bressonian film is an adaptation of the celebrated novel by Georges Bernanos (Mouchette and Under the Sun of Satan) in which some non-actors (models), natural sound, pared-down images and real locations are used to externalise the solitude and inner anguish of the characters. Bresson’s exquisitely stylised direction marks one of the finest literary adaptations ever made. A core influence on the writing and direction of Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver).
Also screening on Wed 15 March
Model and Soul: The uncompromising cinema of Robert Bresson
Une Femme Douce (1969) –Wed 1 Mar, 7pm
Mouchette (1967) – Wed 1 Mar, 8.45pm
Les Anges du Peche (1943) – Wed 8 Mar, 7pm
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) – Wed 8 Mar, 8.45pm
Pickpocket (1959) – Wed 15 Mar, 7pm
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) – Wed 15 Mar, 8.30pm
About the program
Although Robert Bresson (1901–99) made only 13 features over 40 years, there is perhaps no other body of work in cinema history more marked by a director’s personality, sensibility or style...
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