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Robert Bresson
Fyodor Dostoevsky (short story "White Nights")
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Release Date:
29 June 1971 (West Germany) See more »
The 'dreamer' is Jacques, a young painter, who by chance runs into Marthe as she's contemplating suicide on the Pont-Neuf in Paris... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Isabelle Weingarten ... Marthe
Guillaume des Forêts ... Jacques
Jean-Maurice Monnoyer ... Marthe's Lover
Giorgio Maulini ... Locksmith
Lidia Biondi ... Marthe's Mother
Patrick Jouané ... Gangster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert de Laroche ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jérôme Massart ... Jacques' Visitor (uncredited)
Marku Ribas ... Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Bresson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Bresson 
Fyodor Dostoevsky  short story "White Nights"

Produced by
Gian Vittorio Baldi .... producer
Original Music by
F.R. David 
Louis Guitar 
Chris Hayward  (as Christopher Hayward)
Michel Magne 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
Film Editing by
Raymond Lamy 
Production Design by
Pierre Charbonnier 
Production Management
Georges Casati .... production manager
Daniel Deschamps .... unit manager (as Daniel Deschamp)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André Bitoun .... assistant director
Jean-Pierre Ghys .... assistant director
Nasreen Munni Kabir .... assistant director
Mylène Van der Mersch .... assistant director
Art Department
Arakel Araquelian .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound mixer
Michel Kharat .... sound assistant
Roger Letellier .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques Renard .... assistant camera
Guy Testa-Rossa .... assistant camera (as Guy Testarossa)
Pierre Lhomme .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Geneviève Billo .... assistant editor
Other crew
Irina Lhomme .... script supervisor (as Irène Lhomme)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Quatre nuits d'un rêveur" - France (original title)
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87 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Marthe:What's the matter?
Jacques:I love you. That's the matter.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Mother and the Whore (1973)See more »


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Bresson's caressing camera still can't draw substance from these vacuous characters, 7 September 2017
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Revered for his minimalist approach to cinema, writer-director Robert Bresson shows an unerring artistic eye for his surroundings in "Quatre nuits d'un rêveur", though he stumbles with his vapid script (inspired by Dostoyevsky's short story "White Nights") about two young people in Paris. It's a flashback-heavy non-romance between a starving artist and a suicidal girl. After stopping her from leaping from a bridge, the painter finds himself drawn to the girl during an intimate conversation wherein they reveal to each other their past regrets--but she's still pining for her fickle lover. Bresson and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme capture lyrical, lazy bits of business--and sensual though not erotic female nudes--but the characters never take shape, and the amateur actors (a Bresson specialty) aren't compelling. ** from ****

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