Robert Bresson on Cinéastes de notre temps

In 1965, two decades into his filmmaking career, legendary French director Robert Bresson gave his first on-camera interview for Janine Bazin and André S. Labarthe’s Cinéastes de notre temps, a landmark television series in which filmmakers profiled other filmmakers. Now available to watch on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, the hour-long episode Robert Bresson: Without a Trace—filmed during the production of his masterpiece Au hazard Balthazar—features Bresson in a wide-ranging conversation with François Weyergans, a director and Cahiers du cinéma critic, and offers an illuminating look into the auteur’s method and philosophy. Above, get a taste of the documentary with an excerpt in which Bresson rattles off a selection of his artistic axioms.

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