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Bresson

Master thesis, 2014
Tutor: Heiko Kalmbach
Scenography

“The French filmmaker Robert Bresson (1901-1999) and his look at the world”

‘Slow films in which everything runs and gesticulates'; fast films in which you hardly move.’ Robert Bresson’s film work forms a unique complex of works in its consistent, ascetic form. Over 40 years, between 1943 and 1983, Bresson developed his clear film language in 13 films. He reduced the cinematic space, reduced history and dialogue to the essentials and worked with laymen instead of professional actors. His films use the means essential for each work. Bresson’s ‘Notes on the Cinematographer’, collected between 1950 and 1974 and published for the first time in 1975, show his constant efforts to clarify and reduce form. It is a challenge to meet this filmmaker and his work with today’s viewing habits. However, Bresson’s films can still fascinate and enrich today and sharpen our view of the world. How do we translate his work and his essence into spatial works of media staging? How do we build a bridge into the dark chamber of cinema?

Students: Ermina Apostolaki, Sophia Neumann, Theopistos Tzioutzias, Rafael Gross, Nino Tugushi

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