Robert Bresson and Sergio Leone in Venice, 1972.

Robert Bresson and Sergio Leone in Venice, 1972.

Filmmakers photographed by Xavier Lambours.

Robert BressonSeptember 25, 1901 — December 18, 1999
"I don’t think much of technique, or making technique a part of things. If you find a new way to catch life, nature, this could change details, but not the whole. I don’t think so much of what I do when I work, but I try to feel something, to see without explaining, to catch it as near as I can—that’s all. And that’s why I don’t move so much. It’s like approaching a wild animal. If you are too brusque about it, it will run away. I think you must think a lot in the intervals of working and writing, but when you work, you mustn’t think anymore. Thinking is a terrible enemy. You should try to work not with your intelligence, but with your senses and your heart. With your intuition."

Robert Bresson
September 25, 1901 — December 18, 1999

"I don’t think much of technique, or making technique a part of things. If you find a new way to catch life, nature, this could change details, but not the whole. I don’t think so much of what I do when I work, but I try to feel something, to see without explaining, to catch it as near as I can—that’s all. And that’s why I don’t move so much. It’s like approaching a wild animal. If you are too brusque about it, it will run away. I think you must think a lot in the intervals of working and writing, but when you work, you mustn’t think anymore. Thinking is a terrible enemy. You should try to work not with your intelligence, but with your senses and your heart. With your intuition."

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Two posters for Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket.

Robert Bresson on the set of Au hasard Balthazar.

Robert Bresson on the set of Au hasard Balthazar.

Au hasard Balthazar // dir. Robert Bresson

Tilda Swinton:The only film that I’ve ever seen that’s made me want to be an actress is a film by Robert Bresson called Au hasard Balthazar about a donkey.
What was so inspiring?
Tilda Swinton:It’s the greatest performance you’ve ever seen.
The donkey?
Tilda Swinton:Absolutely. It does no acting and that’s got to be a good performance.

Au hasard Balthazar // dir. Robert Bresson

Tilda Swinton:
The only film that I’ve ever seen that’s made me want to be an actress is a film by Robert Bresson called Au hasard Balthazar about a donkey.

What was so inspiring?

Tilda Swinton:
It’s the greatest performance you’ve ever seen.

The donkey?

Tilda Swinton:
Absolutely. It does no acting and that’s got to be a good performance.

Orson Welles presents Robert Bresson and Andrei Tarkovsky with Best Director honors at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

Robert Bresson and François Truffaut at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival.

Robert Bresson and Fran├žois Truffaut at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival.

Andrei Tarkovsky and Robert Bresson share Best Director honors at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

Andrei Tarkovsky and Robert Bresson share Best Director honors at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

A Man Escaped // dir. Robert Bresson

A Man Escaped // dir. Robert Bresson