Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 256: Sun Sep 13

L'Argent (Bresson, 1983): Barbican Cinema, 2pm

This 35mm presentation is screening as part of The Colour of Money season at the Barbican. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Robert Bresson's 14th film in 40 years, made in 1983. It returns to some of the themes of his earlier work—the notion of stolen grace from Pickpocket, the suppression of scenes in favor of a continuous flow of action from A Man Escaped—but there is also a new passion and electricity in Bresson's minimalist images; it nowhere feels like the work of an 80-year-old man. Among the violent events are a bank robbery, a car chase, a prison insurrection, and a series of brutal murders; the world is ready to explode into chaos, but Bresson retains his contemplative distance, searching for the sense in which this "avalanche of evil" can lead to the ultimate spiritual victory of his protagonist. Bresson, working his sound track as assiduously as his visuals, once again makes us realize how little use most films make of the resources of the cinema. A masterpiece. 
Dave Kehr

Here is Bresson's brilliant minimalist trailer.

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