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August 4, 2021

Lancelot du Lac (1974)

Robert Bresson’s haunting and sparse style is, as always, transcendent. Given Bresson’s mastery of Black & White cinema, the bright red blood in the few moments of stylized violence comes across as quite shocking. The ethereal, other-worldy pacing is mesmerizing. The way the camera lingers on the immanent physical details of a scene combined with the signature use of off-screen sound creates a truly magical effect.

I was so transported by the brilliant technique that I was inspired to revisit Paul Schrader’s “Transcendental Style in Film.”

Transcendental style in film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer

Book by Paul Schrader

Transcendental style in film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer
Book by Paul Schrader

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