Robert Bresson (September 25, 1907 - December 18, 1999) was a French film director and master of minimalism.
Initially a painter and photographer, Bresson made his first short film, Les affaires publiques (Public Affairs) in 1934. During World War II, he spent over a year in a prisoner-of-war camp.
In 1943, Bresson made his first feature, Les Anges du péché (Angels of Sin), based on Denis Diderot's Jacques Le Fataliste. His next project, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945), (The Ladies of Boulogne Forest) was based upon the work of Jean Cocteau.
Bresson's best-known films, Journal d'un curé de campagne (1953) (Diary of a Country Priest) and L'Argent (1983) (The Money) are famous for their austere style and their bleak, existential view of life.
In 1976, Bresson published Notes sur le Cinématographe, in which he argued that cinematography is the higher function of cinema: whereas a movie is in essence "only" filmed theatre, cinematography is an attempt to create a new language of moving images and sounds via montage.
Filmography (as director)
Le diable probablement (1977)
Lancelot du Lac (1974)
Quatre nuits d'un rêveur (1971)
Une femme douce (1969)
Au hasard Balthazar (1966)
Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (1962)
Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956) - aka A Man Escaped
Journal d'un curé de campagne (1951) - aka Diary of a Country Priest
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
Les Anges du péché (1943)
Les affaires publiques (1934)