Unreal Nature

December 15, 2016

Always the Same Joy, the Same Astonishment

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… Always the same joy, the same astonishment at the fresh significance of an image whose place I have just changed.

This is from Notes on the Cinematograph by Robert Bresson (1975):

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When the public is ready to feel before understanding, what a number of films reveal and explain everything to it!

I remember an old film: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. Life was suspended during thirty wonderful seconds, during which nothing happened. In reality, everything happened. Cinematography, the art, with images, of representing nothing.

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The people I pass in the Avenue des Champs-Élysées appear to me like marble figures moved forward by springs. But let their eyes meet mine, and at once these walking and gazing statues become human.

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Your film’s beauty will not be in the images (postcardism) but in the ineffable that they will discharge.

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Telephone. His voice makes him visible.

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Always the same joy, the same astonishment at the fresh significance of an image whose place I have just changed.

My most recent previous post from Bresson’s book is here.

-Julie

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