What Are You Watching?: The Robert Bresson movie in your head

What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club‘s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.

Earlier this month, I decided to finally revisit Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne, Robert Bresson’s second feature, which was co-written by the multi-talented Jean Cocteau. It had been a damn long time since I’d seen it, and maybe I expected to find out that the movie was more ”Bressonian” that I remembered. It’s a transitional and atypically cosmopolitan work, set in Parisian nightclubs and high society bedrooms and made with professional actors, unlike his subsequent films. But instead, I found myself almost awed by its angular sense of figure, which is like that of a black-and-white Art Deco illustration. The stylization is pitched differently; here, Bresson’s direction of the actors and his use of the …

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