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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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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Also Known As:
"Quatre nuits d'un rêveur" - France (original title)
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87 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Marthe:What's the matter?
Jacques:I love you. That's the matter.
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Referenced in The Road to Bresson (1984)See more »


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10 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Better watch Visconti's White nights instead, 9 November 2012

Of all Bresson's movies, it is the only one that can be easily avoided. Completists only should worry about it.

Given the brilliance of former and further scenarios, this one is inexplicably bland. The main character is dull, aloof when he's supposed to be giving all he has. The heroine is unwatchable- we'll find her later in Eustache's masterpiece "The mother and the whore". The "other guy" who we get to see in the end is just a face in the crowd.

The story in itself is quite of some interest, although the shooting, editing and worst of all clothing makes us wish we were never born. Insects in a distance, the heroes do their thing which appears aimless if not whimsical.

Whoever wishes to see an honest interpretation of the same story will turn with profits to Visconti's "White nights". Use your energy for all other Bresson's movies, forget this one. A shame.

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