Robert Bresson

L’argent

L’argent

In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, L’argent follows a counterfeit bill as it originates as a prop in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver and leading him to incarceration and violence. With brutal economy, Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence.

Film Info

  • Robert Bresson
  • France
  • 1983
  • 84 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #886

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Press conference from the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
  • “L’argent,” A to Z, a new video essay by film scholar James Quandt
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Adrian Martin and a newly expanded 1983 interview with director Robert Bresson by critic Michel Ciment

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Press conference from the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
  • “L’argent,” A to Z, a new video essay by film scholar James Quandt
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Adrian Martin and a newly expanded 1983 interview with director Robert Bresson by critic Michel Ciment
L’argent
Cast
Christian Patey
Yvon
Vincent Risterucci
Lucien
Caroline Lang
Elise
Sylvie van den Elsen
Gray-haired woman
Michel Briguet
Gray-haired woman’s father
Didier Baussy
Owner of photography store
Marc Ernest Fourneau
Norbert
Credits
Director
Robert Bresson
Written by
Robert Bresson
Based on the short story “Faux billet” by
Leo Tolstoy
Executive produced by
Antoine Gannagé
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis
Cinematography by
Emmanuel Machuel
Film editing by
Jean-Francois Naudon
Production design by
Pierre Guffroy

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On Film / Visual Analysis — Aug 13, 2017
The ABCs of Bresson
The ABCs of Bresson

In a video essay on our release of Robert Bresson’s final film, scholar James Quandt explores some of the formal elements that make the master’s vision of moral corruption so transfixing.

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Jul 14, 2017
L’argent: The Weight of the World
L’argent: The Weight of the World

A forged note brings chaos and corruption to the lives of everyone it touches in Robert Bresson’s devastating final film.

By Adrian Martin

On Film / Essays — Jul 11, 2017