Touching God: The Novels of Georges Bernanos in the Films of Robert Bresson

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Peter Lang, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 124 pages
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Robert Bresson (1901-1999), one of the most original film-makers in the history of cinema, adapted two novels by Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), Journal d'un curé de campagne and Nouvelle Histoire de Mouchette. The Catholic novelist Bernanos and the spiritual filmmaker Bresson, each in his own way, articulate grace and redemption through the suffering and death of their heroes/heroines. As a result, the reader and the spectator come to sense the presence of God in all four works. Bresson's techniques are presented and analyzed, as well as his later move to films without grace and redemption.
 

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Contents

The Heros Spiritual Destiny in Bernanos
5
The Heros Inner Drama in Bressons
29
The Heroines Redemption in Bernanos
65
The Heroines Salvation in Bressons Mouchette
85
Conclusion
109
Bibliography
117
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The Author: Beth Kathryn Curran is Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Temple University in Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in French from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her research interests include the socio-political aspects of contemporary French films and novels, the portrayal of children in European cinema and literature, and the development of new approaches to foreign language pedagogy.

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