The Μeaning of Hands | Robert Bresson, 1943-1983


Robert Bresson, L'Argent, 1983
Robert Bresson, Pickpocket, 1959
Robert Bresson, Pickpocket, 1959
Robert Bresson, Au Hasard Balthasar, 1966
Robert Bresson, Mouchette, 1967
Robert Bresson,  Une Femme Douce,  1969
Robert Bresson, Au Hasard Balthasar, 1966
Robert Bresson, Au Hasard Balthasar, 1966
Robert Bresson,  Une Femme Douce,  1969
Robert Bresson, L'Argent, 1983
Robert Bresson,The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne, 1945
Robert Bresson, Pickpocket, 1959
Robert Bresson, Pickpocket, 1959
Robert Bresson, L'Argent, 1983
Robert Bresson, A Man Escaped, 1956
Robert Bresson, A Man Escaped, 1956
Robert Bresson, A Man Escaped, 1956
Angels of Sin, 1943
Robert Bresson, The Devil, Probably, 1977



“Another thing I was aware of was that nearly all gestures, all of our ways of talking, are mechanical.
 It’s true. You put your hand like this. Look. There are two pages in Montaigne about the way our
 hands go where we don’t want them to go. He’s a writer who isn’t really difficult. You can always
read a page or two and find something. Theatre consists of well controlled gestures and words.
 Cinema must be something different—not controlled. It must be the equivalent of life, like any art,
 but certainly not copied or simulated.”

Robert Bresson 
(from a conversation the director had with Ronald Hayman, published in The Transatlantic 
Review No. 46/7, Summer 1973 (London) and transcribed for Doug Cummings for www.robert-bresson.com)


Hands of Bresson (2014) / Created for the Criterion Collection


A work of archival criticism that forgoes the language of rigour for that of rapture... 
here are hands – votive, tender, purloining, trembling – that make me want to raise 
my own hands in gratitude to this mysterious poet.” 

 Sukhdev Sandhu, Sight & Sound (best films of 2014)


"The things one can express with the hand, with the head, with the shoulders!...
How many useless and encumbering words then disappear! What economy!"

Robert Bresson


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