Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson
A Spiritual Style in Film
Joseph Cunneen
Continuum, $29.95, 199 pp.

A consumptive priest drags himself down a country road and the autumn-stripped trees seem to murmur their kinship with the dying man. A bride joyfully jumps up and down on her bridal bed but soon her husband impassively remarks on the soundtrack that he threw cold water on her exhilaration. A sad-faced murderer taking refuge with a saintly woman spends a silent moment of communion with her by helping to hang her laundry; in the next...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.