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February 12, 2010

Other arts, or rather, other muses, must not be mixed with the muse of cinema. However, I believe they can be friends. I think the muse of painting can be friends with cinema, but the muse of literature can’t really.

Degas, the great painter, said a wonderful thing. He said the muses never talk to each other, but sometimes they dance together.

So the muse of painting can dance with the muse of cinema.

But a word of warning: Even though I’m a painter, don’t jump to conclusions. I’m not trying to make a painting. To the contrary. I’m against making films into paintings. I don’t want picture postcards.

Robert Bresson

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeremy permalink
    June 8, 2010 3:02 pm

    I recently watched Au Hasard Bresson (included on the Criterion version of Mouchette) where he said this. What an astute, serious artist Bresson was. His films are tremendous. Few filmmakers understood the connection between the sound and the image as clearly as he did.

  2. June 9, 2010 1:26 pm

    Bresson was truly a master of cinema. I highly recommend his Notes on the Cinematographer

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