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Richard Linklater on Robert Bresson, ‘Taxi Driver,’ and Meeting Robert Altman

Richard Linklater’s new film Last Flag Flying may not be in theaters until November, but it opened this year’s New York Film Festival and the director sat down with festival director Kent Jones for extensive at the Walter Reade Theater on Saturday, September 30.

On Cinema is an annual event at the festival where world-renowned filmmakers invite festival goers to learn their cinematic inspiration and influences. Linklater built the conversation around his favorite moments in film, including The Long Goodbye, Pickpocket and Taxi Driver, among others. From the beginning of his talk, it was clear Linklater held reverence for everyone he was to discuss, but none received praise like Robert Bresson and Robert Altman.

Linklater fixates on the passing moments in film, which he calls the stuff we remember from cinema. He’s gifted American cinema with a philosophy unique to the last twenty years of filmmaking and was
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Tiff Review: ‘First Reformed’ Acts as the Full Realization of Paul Schrader’s Vision

Paul Schrader has been open about the original intentions for his most famous work, the screenplay to Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Writing it in the vein of Robert Bresson films like Diary of a Country Priest or Pickpocket, it was his full intention for the film to be directed in a similarly austere fashion. This writer perhaps doesn’t need to further recount what actually happened in the end result of one of the most famous American films of all-time, but nonetheless the multiple authors involved put it in a different direction.

It seems that some of Schrader’s own directorial efforts, be it American Gigolo or Light Sleeper, were certainly an attempt to complete the “Transcendental” experience to one degree or another. Yet four decades later, First Reformed — which, should be mentioned, also seems to be taking from Bergman’s Winter Light and Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice in the
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Rushes. George A. Romero & Martin Landau, Choreographing Rape, Latest Trailers

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSOver the weekend we lost two greats: Filmmaker George A. Romero, best known for inventing the modern version of all things zombie, and actor Martin Landau. Patton Oswalt has pointed out that a 19-year-old Romero worked as a pageboy on North by Northwest, Landau's second movie.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has again added more names to its membership, and this latest batch includes even more unexpected additions from the world of international art cinema, including directors Pedro Costa, Lav Diaz, Ann Hui, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Kira Muratova, Johnnie To and Athina Rachel Tsangari.Did you see that the lineup of the Locarno Film Festival has been announced? With a huge retrospective devoted to Cat People director Jacques Tourneur and a competition including new films by Wang Bing, F.J. Ossang, Ben Russell,
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Welcome to the final film of the aesthetically precise, rigorously austere Robert Bresson, an adaptation of a fateful tale by Leo Tolstoy visualized in Bresson’s frequently maddening personal style. An extreme artist makes a fascinatingly unyielding show: as with the classic paintings that Bresson admires, appreciation requires special knowledge.



The Criterion Collection 886

1983 / Color / 1:85 anamorphic 16:9 / 85 min. / Money / Street Date July 11, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Christian Patey, Vincent Risterucci, Caroline Lang, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Báatrice Tabourin, Didier Baussy.

Cinematography: Pasqualino De Santis, Emmanuel Machuel

Production Designer: Pierre Guffroy

Film Editor: Jean-Francois Naudon

Written by Robert Bresson from a short story by Leo Tolstoy

Produced by Antoine Gannagé, Jean-Marc Henchoz, Daniel Toscan du Plantier

Written and Directed by Robert Bresson

Some movies need disclaimers, and many of the pictures of Robert Bresson could use a caption reading, ‘not for beginners.’ Bresson’s filmography includes the spiritually mysterious Diary of a Country Priest
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Once Upon A Time: Alessandro Comodin Discusses "Happy Times Will Come Soon"

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The woods hold an unmistakable allure, familiar yet unknown, idyllic, yet fraught with peril. They are the heart of Happy Times Will Come, shot in natural light, which often means that viewers are abandoned in darkness to develop our senses. Indeed, the film thrusts us into the stark indigo night where a pair of fugitives scurrying up a steep hill are long heard before they are seen. Once the sun peeks out, dappling everything in its midst to beguiling effect, it’s not difficult to acclimate to the sights–the crooked crags aside a crisp brook or a verdant curtain of trees. Meanwhile, the young men, peculiarly unplaceable in time, forage for mushrooms or tussle in the high grass. Combining personal history and fabricated folklore, Italian director Alessandro Comodin imbues the alpine setting, already easy on the eyes, with a spectral glow and timelessness. The effect extends to a brief interlude of talking head interviews,
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'Love Off The Cuff' to open Hong Kong film festival

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Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy will have its world premiere at the event.

Pang Ho-cheung’s Love Off The Cuff, the third installment in the Hong Kong filmmaker’s romantic comedy series, will receive its world premiere as the opening film of this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff).

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue are resuming their roles as star-crossed lovers Cherie and Jimmy in the film, which follows Love In A Puff (2010) and Love In The Buff (2012). In this third episode, set in Hong Kong and Taipei, the couple’s relationship is tested when Jimmy’s childhood friend asks him to donate sperm for her artificial insemination.

Hkiff also recently announced that it will screen all seven of late Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang’s films in a section entitled ‘Edward Yang, 10-year Commemoration’.

The festival will also present digitally restored versions of four classics directed by French auteur Robert Bresson and three from Filipino
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Christopher Nolan Inspired by Robert Bresson and Silent Films for ‘Dunkirk,’ Which Has “Little Dialogue”

We’re less than half-a-year away from Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk, one of our most-anticipated summer studio films (alongside Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, of course), and one of our biggest questions is how (or if) his approach to a period epic will feel different than his recent features. Inspired by Operation Dynamo, a miracle of a mission in 1940 where nearly 340,000 Allied troops were rescued after being trapped by the Nazis in this northern area of France, more details have now arrived.

“I spent a lot of time reviewing the silent films for crowd scenes –the way extras move, evolve, how the space is staged and how the cameras capture it, the views used,” Nolan tells Premiere Magazine. The director revealed that he brushed up on silent films such as Intolerance, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and Greed, as well as the films of Robert Bresson (notably Pickpocket and A Man Escaped,
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IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Ana Lily Amirpour Loves Robert Bresson’s ‘Au Hasard Balthazar’

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IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Ana Lily Amirpour Loves Robert Bresson’s ‘Au Hasard Balthazar’
For a film with an animal protagonist, Robert Bresson’s “Au Hasard Balthazar” says a lot about humanity. Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”) argues that the film’s central idea lends a timeless honesty, one that resonates half a century later.

Read More: Watch: ‘Jackie’ Director Pablo Larraín Discusses ‘Movies That Inspire Me’ in New IndieWire Video Series Presented by FilmStruck

Following the respective journeys of young Marie and her donkey Balthazar, the film shows how the two face hardships of different kinds as they grow older. In true Bressonian fashion, those various abuses are tempered with quiet, graceful moments of beauty. The result is a portrait of lost innocence that’s also a work of great empathy.

As part of our ongoing series of filmmaker conversations, presented in partnership with Filmstruck, Amirpour spoke with us about seeing “Au Hasard Balthazar” during a
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Oscar-winning French Comedian and Director Pierre Étaix Dies At 87

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Oscar-winning French Comedian and Director Pierre Étaix Dies At 87
Le Monde reports that Pierre Étaix, the Oscar-winning French comedian and filmmaker, has died at the age of 88. He’s best known for his acclaimed short- and feature-length films in the 1960’s, all of which were tied up in rights disputes for over 20 years until their eventual restoration and revival in 2012, courtesy of Janus Films. These films include “Le Grand Amour,” “As Long as You’ve Got Your Health,” “Land of Milk and Honey,” “Rupture,” “The Suitor,” and “Yoyo.”

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Étaix began his career as a designer before meeting director Jacques Tati in 1954 when he worked as a gagman and assistant director on his film “Mon Oncle.” His apprenticeship with Tati eventually led to his collaboration with Jean-Claude Carrière, whom he wrote his short film “Happy Anniversary,” which won the Oscar for Best Short Subject in 1963. Étaix and Carrière would collaborate on the
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Watch: 4-Minute Video Essay Puts A Hand Into Robert Bresson’s ‘Pickpocket’

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Robert Bresson was an abstemious filmmaker. He paid the utmost attention to detail and divulged his entire self into each of his 13 feature films. Compared by Jean-Luc Godard himself to the likes of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Bresson’s enigmatic, minimalist films leave viewers with a lingering sense of solidarity, as if you’ve just been a part of something […]

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Explore Bresson’s ‘Notes on Cinematography’ in a Video Essay on ‘Pickpocket’

Consider only his reputation as the ultimate minimalist filmmaker, and it becomes awfully easy to forget about the meat of Robert Bresson’s oeuvre — not just how very strange their mechanics are, but how these oddities burrow into the most elemental pieces of cinematic construction. Recently seeing The Devil, Probably on a big screen was as transportive for its sound and sense of movement as the rigid and, yes, “minimalist” compositions, sometimes to the point that a closing door or opened book could practically create a taste in the viewer’s mouth.

For all the mystery that can come with watching, Bresson’s philosophies and strategies are never clearer than when reading his staple text Notes on Cinematography, in some ways a written guide to what’s been put onscreen. Wisely, the people at Film Scalpel have created a video essay that overlays excerpts onto what is perhaps the most Bressonian film,
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Daily | Goings On | Godard, Mekas, Bresson

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In today's roundup of special events, we note that Richard Linklater will introduce and then discuss Robert Bresson's Pickpocket (1959) in Austin on Tuesday. The other goings on are in New York: screenings of Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le Fou with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground with Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino, Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall, Jonas Mekas's Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham, Simone Rapisarda Casanova's The Creation of Meaning, Dreams Rewired, narrated by Tilda Swinton, and the ongoing series pairing films by David Lynch and Jacques Rivette. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Herzog, Linklater, Haynes

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In today's roundup: Interviews with Werner Herzog, Gaspar Noé, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Telaroli and Kurt Walker. Richard Linklater on Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin-Féminin, Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados, Robert Bresson's Pickpocket, Ulrike Ottinger's Ticket of No Return, Martin Scorsese's New York, New York and Nagisa Oshima's The Ceremony. Vanity Fair's Bill Murray profile. Remembering actor and scriptwriter Colin Welland (Chariots of Fire). Simon Callow on Orson Welles. News of forthcoming films by Shane Carruth, Xavier Dolan, Duncan Jones and Edgar Wright—and more. » - David Hudson
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Criterion Picks On Fandor: Pierre Étaix

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Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on the brilliant French comedian: Pierre Étaix.

Now re-discovered and restored after decades suppressed by distribution red-tape, enjoy “greatest hits” from this clever, warm-hearted clown’s directorial oeuvre and highlights from his acting career.

If you’ve never seen any of his films, this is a perfect opportunity watch some of his finest work. Don’t have a Fandor subscription? They offer a free trial membership.

Order the Pierre Etaix Blu-ray collection from Amazon, currently only $31.99 (47% off)

As Long as You’ve Got Your Health

In this endlessly diverting compendium of four short films, Pierre Etaix regards the 1960s from his askew but astute perspective. Each part is as technically impressive as it is riotous:
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Olivier Assayas Gives Criterion His Top Movies

Olivier Assayas Gives Criterion His Top Movies
One of our favorite directors, Olivier Assayas ("Summer Hours," "Clouds of Sils Maria") has a predictably eclectic Top Ten List, detailed at Criterion, which is actually a much longer list than ten. He offers American entries from Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Michael Mann, Robert Altman, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach! Have you seen them all? I've never seen the director's cut of Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate," the TV cut of Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," Sacha Guitry's "Désiré" or "Judex" by Georges Franju. I will have to remedy that.  1. "The Leopard" (Luchino Visconti) 2. "Pickpocket" (Robert Bresson) (tie) "Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky) (tie) "White Material" (Claire Denis) (tie) "A Christmas Tale" (Arnaud Desplechin) (tie) "Chungking Express" (Wong Kar-wai) (tie)  "Dazed and Confused"...
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The wild ones, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Wild Life (Vie sauvage) director Cédric Kahn Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The night after the Us premiere of Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs) starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoît Poelvoorde, I met up with Wild Life (Vie Sauvage) director Cédric Kahn for a conversation on his film, starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Céline Sallette. The suspense of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket mixes with Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest and turns into a "paranoiac world". Working with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, choices and his role in Axelle Ropert's Miss And The Doctors came up.

20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the IFC Center

Nathalie Baye, Frédéric Tellier - SK1 (L’Affaire SK1); Mélanie Laurent - Breathe (Respire); Christophe Honoré - Métamorphoses; Cédric Jimenez - The Connection (La French) with Gilles Lellouche and writer Audrey Diwan; and Abd Al Malik - May Allah Bless France (Qu’Allah Bénisse La France!
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The invisible man by Anne-Katrin Titze

Richard Gere with Time Out Of Mind director Oren Moverman: "We've been friends since I'm Not There." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Oren Moverman's undercover Time Out Of Mind stars Richard Gere with Ben Vereen, Kyra Sedgwick, Jena Malone and Steve Buscemi. At the New York Film Festival press conference the link between Bob Dylan and I'm Not There was revealed and the importance of studying Saul Leiter's photographs by the director. The line in Richard Gere's mind between Robert Bresson's Pickpocket and Dostoyevsky through American Gigolo turning into Time Out Of Mind drew out the process.

Church bells ring. There is the skyline of Manhattan. Where from? What is this perspective? There is a butterfly at the window. A man walks into an almost empty apartment, cursing. There is another man with a cut on his brow, waking up in a dry bathtub. "Nobody lives here," says the first man.
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New on Video: ‘Pickpocket’


Written and directed by Robert Bresson

France, 1959

Robert Bresson’s is one of the great singular visions of the cinema. Like Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky, Bresson’s output was relatively minimal — 13 features over the course of 40 years — but it is likewise instantly recognizable. Though it’s something of an auteurist cliché to say that one can identify a given director’s work by just a single scene or even a single frame, in this case, the declaration holds true. Bresson’s work is so distinct, so deceptively simple, so regimented in its formal construction, that to see one of his films is to witness an exceptional directorial style, one consistently employed throughout an artist’s body of work. With this consistency comes the subsequent creation of one extraordinary film after another, each similar to the previous, with reoccurring imagery, themes, and performances, but each, at the same time,
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Under the Skin,' 'Rio 2'

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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Under the Skin"

What's It About? That's a very good question. Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious woman who drives around the Scottish countryside looking for male hitchhikers. To reveal more would be a disservice to the movie... and difficult, since this atmospheric science-fiction film is open to interpretation.

Why We're In: Director Jonathan Glazer's very, very loose adaptation of the Michel Faber novel is disturbing and sexy. Plus, they used hidden cameras to film Johansson luring clueless hitchhikers into her big white van.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Scanners" (Criterion)

What's It About? "Scanners" are humans with special telepathic gifts, and the giant corporation ConSec wants to use them for their own nefarious purposes. It becomes a gruesome war of the scanners when one gang decides to go rogue.

Why We're In: David Cronenberg's most famous head-popping horror movie finally gets the Criterion treatment.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Pickpocket

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 15, 2014

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95, DVD $24.99

Studio: Criterion

Martin Lasalle and Marika Green in Pickpocket.

The 1959 crime drama Pickpocket is an incomparable story of crime and redemption from French master Robert Bresson (The Devil, Probably).

The film follows Michel (Martin Lasalle), a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out.

A cornerstone in the career of Bresson, one of the most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, Pickpocket is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace. It is indeed the work of a director at the height of his powers.

Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD combo and single-disc editions of Pickpocket contains the following features:

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