Robert Bresson's Notes on the Cinematographer are working memos which the great French director made for his own use. In all of them, Bresson reflects with a craftsman's insight on techniques and their philosophical and aesthetic implications. Not surprisingly, these acute reflections will not only sharpen a filmmaker's sensibility but that of any artist in any medium. Bresson makes some quite radical distinctions between what he terms "cinematography" and something quite different: "cinema" - which is for him nothing but an attempt to photograph theater and use it for the screen. Director of The Trial of Joan of Arc, Pickpocket, A Prisoner Escapes, Diary of a Country Priest, Money, and many other classic films, Bresson is, quite simply, one of the most brilliant cinematographers in the history of film.
Bresson's highly-regarded book on film theory and criticism, Notes on the Cinematograph, gives readers a peak into the mind of the influential French director. Until now, Bresson's classic of film literature has been rare and expensive. NYRB Classics is thrilled to bring these "notes"--ranging from thoughts on the art of cinematography to the art of life--to a broader audience.