FROM THE writer: Robert Bresson's Notes on Cinematography are operating memos that the nice French director made for his personal use. In them all, Bresson displays with a craftsman's perception on thoughts - and past strategies to their philosophical and esthetic implications. now not unusually, those acute reflections won't simply sharpen a filmmaker's sensibility, yet that of any artist in any medium. Bresson makes a few radical differences among what he phrases "cinematography" and anything rather diversified: "cinema" - which for him is not anything yet an try and photo theater and use it for the reveal. This publication is translated into English from the French by way of Jonathan Griffin.
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