Touching God: The Novels of Georges Bernanos in the Films of Robert Bresson
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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act of writing Andre Bazin Arsene Arsene's Au hasard Balthazar author-narrator Bazin Bernanos Bresson presents Bresson's films bumper car Cahiers du cinema camera Chantal characters chateau childhood Christ cinematographe Close-up conversion scene countess episode cure de campagne cure de Torcy cure writes cure's face cure's inner cure's voice-over cyclone Delbende dialogue diarist diary drowning Dufrety Dufrety's encounter Entire entry transcribed feels femme douce filmic filmmaker Georges Bernanos hands hear heroine heroine's Histoire de Mouchette images important Jean-Luc Godard Journal d'un cure Le Diable probablement Le Figaro literary text Louisa Mathieu Medium shot misery mother motif Mouchette's suicide narration No act narrative Nouvelle Histoire novel Olivier parish parishioners partridge passage poacher purity rape reader reveals Robert Bresson role salvation screen Seraphita soul sound spectator spiritual crisis struggle suffering symbolic taken from pages Three sentences throughout the film Une femme douce viewer violence words writes the entry WRITING SECTION written narration