Notes on Cinematography - Robert Bresson
BRESSON (Robert), GRIFFIN (Jonathan), (Trans.). Notes on Cinematography. First US edition. 8vo. 72pp, the small trade paperbound volume. New York, Urizen Books, 1977.
This copy belonging to American poet C. D Wright with her name handwritten in the front endpaper. A few passages underlined or annotated (presumably by Wright). Some staining on pages 4 and 5, spine a little creased and recto with a small tear, though not obscuring the cover design. A good copy of an uncommon volume.
‘My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected onto a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.’
Bresson’s classic reflections on the craft of cinematography originally written as memos for his own reference. The Director writes with short aphorisms, ranging from the cryptic to the commonsense, revealing his views on subjects such as light, music and gesture which make a radical call for naturalism and intuition in working methods.