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The Bressonians

French Cinema and the Culture of Authorship

Codruţa Morari

216 pages, 24 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-571-6 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Not Yet Published (July 2017)

eISBN 978-1-78533-572-3 eBook Not Yet Published

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“Superbly written in a lucid and elegant style, this is an important intervention in French cinematic and cultural history. The Bressonians offers a series of compelling readings of important filmmakers, and demonstrates an illuminating attentiveness to the aesthetic texture of their films.” · Scott Durham, Northwestern University

How should we understand film authorship in an era when the idea of the solitary and sovereign auteur has come under attack, with critics proclaiming the death of the author and the end of cinema? The Bressonians provides an answer in the form of a strikingly original study of Bresson and his influence on the work of filmmakers Jean Eustache and Maurice Pialat. Extending the discourse of authorship beyond the idea of a singular visionary, it explores how the imperatives of excellence function within cinema’s pluralistic community. Bresson’s example offered both an artistic legacy and a creative burden with which filmmakers reckoned in different, often arduous, and altogether compelling ways.

Codruţa Morari is Assistant Professor of French Cinema at Wellesley College. She holds a doctorate in Film Studies from the University of Paris 3: Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Subject: Film Studies
Area: France

BISAC: PER018000 PERFORMING ARTS/Individual Director; PER004030 PERFORMING ARTS/Film & Video/History & Criticism

BIC: APFB Individual film directors, film-makers; APFA Film theory & criticism


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Chapter 1. “Il faut un auteur!”: Robert Bresson and the Making of the Author
Chapter 2. An Elusive Style
Chapter 3. Kinsmen
Chapter 4. The Ethics of Duplicity
Chapter 5. Working Artists



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