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Bresson’s Notes on Cinematography

A small, powerful book of significant thoughts on filmmaking. PDF format below.

Allow me to preface this brief statement with this: I do not enjoy hyperbole.

That said, Robert Bresson is indeed one of the five filmmakers that I can count on my left hand that have changed the art of filmmaking and continues to effect it today — often in ways that are subtle but nevertheless deeply profound. His work is a part of the nervous system of worthwhile filmmaking. If you have not seen a Robert Bresson film stop what you are doing and watch Pickpocket right now. I mean that. 

Bresson left us with a concise number of important films, as well as a rather simple and beautiful book of aphorisms ostensibly about the act of shooting a film, but perhaps about more than just that. Notes on Cinematography is curt and unflinching, filled with morality and at times uncomfortably extremist in it’s proposed methodology. Not surprisingly, when one watches a Bresson picture one immediately realizes that in Notes on Cinematography the man was deadly serious. And why wouldn’t a man of integrity have acted any other way. 

I have given Notes on Cinematography to the people I care about the most. The people who truly love film, love art and love life for all the right reasons. Please do the same.

Just play it cool and grab the PDF and disappear into the crowd…

If a physical copy were in print I’d implore you to buy it. It’s worth having in your hands. Alas, it’s most recent limited print run has seemed to have dried up. Until then:

Notes on Cinematography can be found in PDF here.

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