bresson, schrader & schrader, jailbird sollicitors

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= screenshot from Pickpocket(1959), directed by Robert Bresson.

… I’m always surprised when people talk about Paul Schrader and his superb American gigolo(1980) andLight sleeper(1992) films, or evenBringing out the dead(1999, directed by Scorcese but written by Schrader), without realising there’s a huge Bresson influence in all of them. More particularly, the ending of AG and LS overtly refers to Pickpocket… which indeed has one of thé most beautiful endings in literary and art history.

Heck, Schrader even wrote a seminal book about his major influences:
(sadly, there’s no shot of the cover, see http://www.humanist.de/kultur/literatur/film/schrader.html for that).

Incidentally, Paul had this brother Leonard, and Peter Biskind (check his Easy riders, raging bullsfor a perfect introduction to the Schrader bros) wrote an interesting article about him here. Apparently, he had this collection of movie lobby cards … and judging from the dedicated site, it’s utterly wonderful indeed – just let this site run its show for a while: http://www.leonardschradercollection.com/ !

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Anyhoo, all of this because I’ve just read this fine article on Robert Bresson:
… which I’d discovered via http://almostisland.com/links.php … viva India!

And via Phalanx, I discovered a nice film blog; it offers lots of interesting linktips but sadly it’s not into using tags nor does it offer a search window: http://www.girishshambu.com/blog

RE: Bresson, do check this fine essay too, by Barbarber author Bernlef; the Dutchman’s picked the finest quotes from “Notes sur le cinématographe” (1975).

Finally, some more suggested reading:

http://www.mastersofcinema.org/bresson/
http://www.filmforum.org/films/pickpocket.html
http://www.filmref.com/directors/dirpages/bresson.html#pickpocket
http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/02/bresson.html
http://www.girishshambu.com/blog/2006/06/robert-bresson.html
http://grunes.wordpress.com/2007/05/07/pickpocket-robert-bresson-1959/
http://filmsufi.blogspot.com/2008/10/pickpocket-robert-bresson-1959.html
http://www.anatomievandefilm.be/geschiedenis/transcendental/pdf/transcendental_varia.pdf
http://www.moviemaker.com/directing/article/paul_schrader_3252/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/01/25/bffmof25.xml
http://miseenscene101.blogspot.com/2008/01/schrader-on-bresson.html
http://www.zakka.dk/euroscreenwriters/interviews/robert_bresson.htm
http://kirjasto.sci.fi/bresson.htm

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