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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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Striking cinematography and an intelligent script make for a fascinating film See more (7 total) »


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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)
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 Mother and the Whore (1973)See more »


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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Striking cinematography and an intelligent script make for a fascinating film, 22 November 2008
Author: ametaphysicalshark from

"Four Nights of a Dreamer" is my first Robert Bresson film, and my first impression of his style and ethos. This film is one of several adaptations of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "White Nights", but from what I gather from reading about the other adaptations this is the only one worth seeing other than Luchino Visconti's lovely "Le notti bianche". While I enjoyed that film nearly as much as this one, "Four Nights of a Dreamer" is more striking and ambitious, thanks to Bresson's intelligent and thoughtful screenplay and the beauty of the cinematography and simple economy of Bresson's direction.

The adaptation is loose, but needs to be. Dostoyevsky's writing is too reliant on the reader's perception and the emotional core of the story to be effective when literally translated to film, but is ripe for interpretation, and Bresson's is particularly interesting as he moves the story to 1970's France, introduces more emotion and passion to the characters, and actually makes the cinematic cliché of the aimless artist interesting and involving.

The story is simple, Jacques (the 'dreamer') meets Marthe as she is about to commit suicide because her lover had promised to meet her that night after being away at Yale for a year but hadn't shown up, they become friends, share their stories over four nights until Marthe's lover shows up and they are forced to part. Bresson's script is remarkable, though, in its occasional wit and humor, in the uniqueness of its characters, in its observations on modern life and being in love. Even more impressive than the screenplay is the striking cinematography by Pierre Lhome, particularly during the nighttime scenes in Paris, which is shockingly beautiful at times.

My first impression of a legendary director like Bresson could have resulted in disappointment, but I am now interested in exploring his filmography because I found his mute style so appealing. Most interesting was his ability to be very literal and clear through his use of the camera without seeming heavy-handed at any point. This is a wonderful, strikingly beautiful film.


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