French film director who has received many awards, including the appointment as Officier de la Légion d'honneur, for his work.
Born in Bromont-Lamothe, Bresson studied philosophy and painting before becoming a scriptwriter in 1934. In World War II he spent a year as a prisoner of war but also launched himself as a director with the film Les Anges du péché (1943; Angels of Sin), in which he demonstrated his austere intellectual style.
Bresson has not made many films, but he has had a profound influence on the cinema. Perhaps most notable of his early films was Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945), adapted from Diderot's Jacques le Fataliste, with dialogue by Jean Cocteau. Le Journal d'un curé de campagne (1951; Diary of a Country Priest), Un Condamné à mort s'est échappé (1956), Pickpocket (1959), Le Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (1962; The Trial of Joan of Arc), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), Mouchette (1967), Une Femme douce (1969), Le Diable probablement (1977), and L'Argent (1983) are just some of his other remarkable films, most of which have featured relatively unknown actors. His book Notes sur le cinématographe (1975) has been published in both French and English.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Literature.