• Once There Was Everything

    By Kogonada

    The films of Robert Bresson are so sharply attuned to the mysteries of the physical world that even a simple shot of a character walking through a doorway can take on spiritual and philosophical resonance. In this new video essay, filmmaker Kogonada looks at how the motif of doors reverberates throughout the French auteur’s work, both as a recurring symbol of the consequences of free will and as a constant, creaking presence within the director’s musique concrète soundscapes. Watch the video above, then head over to the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, where seven of Bresson’s masterpieces are now available to stream.

    Also, be sure to catch Kogonada’s new film Columbus as it makes its way to theaters across the country. An intimately observed drama interwoven with piercing insights on the power of architecture, it’s one of the most acclaimed debut features of the year, and a showcase for the keen eye for cinematic detail he’s shared with us in his seven video essays on the Current.

5 comments

  • By HUSKY
    August 14, 2017
    05:32 PM

    Beautiful.
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  • By Gorseinonboy
    August 15, 2017
    02:37 AM

    Of course, needless to say, doors open and doors close. They may present opportunities or close down options. What might he make of 'Doors of Perception'?
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  • By Gorseinonboy
    August 15, 2017
    02:38 AM

    I'm reminded of 'Sliding doors' and ideas around how little decisions or choices can have huge impacts on one's life....
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  • By Tim C.
    August 22, 2017
    10:24 AM

    This is terrific - I especially liked the sequencing of all those doors, creating something quite new. I wrote briefly about Bresson's doors on my website, linking them to the exercise of the will, and to the nature of Biblical narrative: http://www.timcawkwell.co.uk/doors
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