The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Une Femme Douce
A husband sits forlornly at the side of his wife’s (fashion model Dominique Sanda in her first film) corpse, looking back over the events leading to her suicide. This rarely screened but typically austere Bresson tragedy updates and augments Dostoevsky’s dark original short story ('A Gentle Creature') through its graceful and precise modernist style and coldly affective use of colour. Through an almost seamless alternation of past and present, Bresson creates a remote, starkly existential and coolly sensual portrait of the vagaries of contemporary existence.
Also screening on Wed 1 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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Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.
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