MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 101,805 this week

The Road to Bresson (1984)
"De weg naar Bresson" (original title)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 110 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 8200 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 10 titles
created 20 Dec 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 09 Feb 2013
 
a list of 469 titles
created 03 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 11 titles
created 09 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Road to Bresson (1984)

The Road to Bresson (1984) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Road to Bresson.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Man Escaped (1956)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

French Resistance activist Andre Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis, and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape. Then, on the same day, he is condemned to death, and given... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Charles drifts through politics, religion and psychoanalysis, rejecting them all. Once he realises the depth of his disgust with the moral and physical decline of the society he lives in, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari, Henri de Maublanc
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Stars: Michel Simon, Jean Renoir, Jacques Rivette
Mouchette (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Mouchette is a young girl living in the country. Her mother is dying and her father does not take care of her. Mouchette remains silent in the face of the humiliations she undergoes. One ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Paul Bernard, María Casares, Elina Labourdette
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Directors: Aleksandr Gordon, Andrei Tarkovsky
Stars: Oleg Borisov, Aleksey Alekseev, Pyotr Lyubeshkin
Voyage in Time (TV Movie 1983)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Like the Russian poet of 'Nostalghia', who, accompanied by his Italian guide and translator, traveled through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer, Andrei ... See full summary »

Directors: Tonino Guerra, Andrei Tarkovsky
Stars: Tonino Guerra, Andrei Tarkovsky
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Theodor Kotulla
Stars: Robert Bresson
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Bresson's first film is, totally uncharacteristically, a slapstick comedy, centred around two neighbouring republics, Crogandia and Miremia, and the various disasters that befall the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Beby, Andrée Servilanges, Marcel Dalio
The First Day (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Anatoliy Papanov
The Killers (1956)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two men besiege a lunch bar looking for a third man they must kill.

Directors: Marika Beiku, Aleksandr Gordon, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Yuliy Fayt, Aleksandr Gordon, Valentin Vinogradov
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

February 1984 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

The Road to Bresson  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This documentary is available as an extra on the 2008 UK DVD release of A Man Escaped (1956) from Artificial Eye. See more »

Connections

References L'argent (1983) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
THE ROAD TO BRESSON (Jurrien Rood and Leo De Boer, 1984) ***
21 December 2011 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Though he is one of my favorite film-makers, this is actually the first documentary I have watched about Bresson. Even if I was aware beforehand of his repudiation of 'constructed' cinema (which he tried in his first 3 efforts then abandoned for the remaining 11!), I was still taken aback by his evident lack of appreciation for the work of directors at least as revered as himself (as a side-note, having just acquired his undeniably interesting if underwhelming THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC {1962}, I read that he was severely critical of the stylization within Carl Theodor Dreyer's otherwise no less austere rendition of the same events, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC {1928}, generally acknowledged as one of the pinnacle achievements of Silent cinema!) and also analysts of his work (writer/director Paul Schrader: more on this later). Apart from which, he acts rather condescendingly towards the 2 directors of the documentary, who are repeatedly shown throughout trying to contact him for a brief interview (presented at the very end).

I cannot say how the participants in the documentary were chosen (that is, if others were approached but declined to contribute) but the 3 directors who do appear all had some connection to the subject of the documentary. Though Andrei Tarkovsky admits to being influenced by Bresson, there was a whiff of topicality to his presence, since both film-makers had just shared the Best Direction prize at the latest Cannes Film Festival, the award being presented by none other than Orson Welles (unfortunately, though both much younger than him, Welles and Tarkovsky would die within 2 years of the documentary's release, whereas Bresson passed away, a venerable 98-year old, on 18 December 1999 i.e. 12 years to the day of this viewing!). At the Press Conference for his latest and, as it turned out, last work (i.e. L'ARGENT {1983}), Bresson displays typical evasiveness – even joking about his old age by feigning to be hard of hearing! As for Louis Malle, he states that Bresson (whose rigorous working method the "Nouvelle Vague" exponent witnessed first-hand) has left an indelible mark on French cinema, but his own style in particular. Writer/director Paul Schrader (author of "Transcendental Style In Cinema", a book comparing the spare modus operandi of Bresson, the afore-mentioned Dreyer and Yasujiro Ozu) recounts how, during an interview for which he had prepared a specific (and, to him, vital) set of questions, Bresson only contrived to give vague answers (reiterating the point I made about the auteur's indifference to anybody else's opinion)! Also on hand is Dominique Sanda (unsurprisingly the only one of his actors to turn up, since she had the most fortuitous career after debuting – in A GENTLE WOMAN {1969}, watched just prior to this – under his guidance) who says that, working for Bresson, invariably renders one prone to underplay any given role!

The documentary, then, is quite insightful – even providing quotes from Bresson's slender book "Notes On Cinematography", collecting a series of casual observations he made over the years and which would inform his distinct cinematic style – culminating in the afore-mentioned interview with the documentarians (who he almost walks out on because they exceed the number of questions that was stipulated beforehand!), where he rejects their idea of his work being intrinsically pessimistic in nature (becoming increasingly so as it went along), arguing that, whatever his characters' ultimate actions, they were arrived at after having attained a complete state of lucidity! One disappointment here, though, is the fact that only 3 pictures are discussed in any detail and represented by clips – namely 1956's A MAN ESCAPED, 1974's LANCELOT DU LAC and 1977's THE DEVIL, PROBABLY – with the film-makers going so far as to visit their respective locations! While discussing LANCELOT, it is remarked how little we see of the 'medieval' scenery throughout – a jousting tournament is exclusively shot from mounting level – however, by doing this, rather than alienating potential viewers, Bresson forces them to be active participants in the narrative as each will be trying to imagine what they are missing. Interestingly, this very same method of audience identification had been adopted much earlier by none other than Dreyer – ironically, for JOAN OF ARC itself! – but, in his case, he ended up exasperating the producer instead, by ordering expensive sets to be erected (so as to supply the proper atmosphere) and then proceed to shoot virtually the entire film in close-up!

In conclusion, there is another well-regarded feature-length documentary on Bresson, called UN METTEUR EN ORDRE (1966): this is included on the Criterion DVD edition of his AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR (1966), which I own but have yet to go through…


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
where to get this movie? lituramentico
Discuss The Road to Bresson (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page