Born On This Day – September 25, 1901

Robert Bresson & François Truffaut at Cannes 1967
Robert Bresson & François Truffaut at Cannes 1967
All quotes are taken from Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson, Green Integer, København: 1997
 

“Build your film on white, on silence and on stillness.”

“The CINEMA did not start from zero. Everything to be called into question.”

“The truth is inimitable, the false untransformable.”

“Hide the ideas, but so that people find them. The most important will be the most hidden.”

“A too-expected image (cliché) will never seem right, even if it is.”

“In a mixture of true and false, the true brings out the false, the false hinders belief in the true. An actor simulating fear of a shipwreck on the deck of a real ship battered by a real storm – we believe neither in the actor, nor in the ship nor in the storm.”

“CINEMATOGRAPHY IS WRITING WITH IMAGES IN MOVEMENT AND WITH SOUNDS.”

Robert Bresson