Wednesday, October 04, 2006

"All Is Grace": Diary Of A Country Priest

A couple of observations on Robert Bresson's "Diary Of A Country Priest".

Bresson's narrative device and structure is very similar to a famous horror novel. Which one, you ask? The one that Mr. Stoker wrote. Very odd, isn't it? (The Toothy Count's story is also being blogged.)

Doesn't Claude Laydu, who plays the young priest, bear a strong resemblance to Johnny Cash, circa 1954? (A gentler Johnny Cash.)

The Wiki on the film has some good links, so I won't link to any other page related to this film. Here's a great profile of Bresson, the "patron saint of Cinema".


GhostOfTomJoad said...

Bresson's approach to cinema is intriguing, to say the least, especially his attitude towards acting and actors. I have to say, I'm not such a fan.

km said...

Ghost, just curious - any particular elements of his cinema that you don't like? (His use of non-actors is something I enjoy very much. Also, his compositions remind me of some of the old masters of painting, who could bury layers and layers of meaning without filling up the frame.)

GhostOfTomJoad said...

Just that I find his approach to film-making a litle Brechtian. And, I think that while it is great for stage, Alienation isn't such a great device to use in films. Also, after reading the links mentioned in your post, I found that although 'reality' is so important to him, he admits to enhacing sound during post production :-)

km said...

I can accept "constructed reality". But the idea of "real reality", which the Dogme 95 guys seem to love - now that's a little too much at times.