Often compared to Bresson's Mouchette
(1967), Rosetta certainly recalls the master's portrait of a provincial girl abused and abandoned, finally driven to suicide (in waters not unlike Rosetta's), in its rigorous materialism, elliptical editing, and intensely physical soundscape (Rosetta's animal panting, the insect-like buzzing of a moped), as well as in certain narrative details.
30pm, 9pm Top Cat: The Movie (U): Fri/Sat/Mon 11am STAR AND SHADOW CINEMA, NEWCASTLE Stepney Bank (0191 261 0066) Kafka's, A Report To An Academy (): Thu 8pm Mouchette
(15): Sun 7.
In the late 1960s, Bresson made two films--Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) and Mouchette
(1967)--that Price claims changed the filmmaker's concern with language and domination from relations between men to the relationship between man and animal.
He breaks through her defences, and guided by divine inspiration, he gains a crystal clear understanding of her sinful soul, which he communicates to Mouchette
in a charitable voice emphasising repentance and God's forgiveness (Bernanos 2001, 143).
Looking at a total of 11 films, including Diary of a Country Priest, Mouchette
, Lancelot du Lac, and The Devil Probably, Price shows how Robert Bresson's early style was a model for social resistance, and how, after 1968, his films were a series of reflections on the failure of the revolution in France.
(played by Nadine Nortier in her sole onscreen performance) is a sullen, sordid unremarkable poor young girl with no friends and a baby brother to take care of.
In another famous Bernanos novel, Under Satan's Sun, the character Mouchette
, a precocious young woman, is redeemed by a priest's own life.
Beth Curran's new book on Bernanos and Bresson is a long-overdue project, providing valuable insights on both the novelistic and film versions of Journal d'un cure de campagne and Nouvelle histoire de Mouchette
Of the two films frequently acclaimed as Bresson's finest, au hazard Balthasar (1966) is about the life and death of a mistreated donkey, and Mouchette
follows the path to suicide of a poor and utterly wretched young teenage girl.
The donkey's death prefigures Mouchette
's in Mouchette
, the suicide in Une Femme douce, the stylized slaughter in Lancelot du lac, the deaths in Le Diable probablement and L'Argent.
The purest, most critical--and in that sense the greatest--of Godard's trailers is the one he made for Robert Bresson's Mouchette
in 1967, which pulverizes the movie into shards of privileged moments accompanied by a chorus of voices calling the protagonist's name or by Mouchette
herself sadly singing.
New(er) Stories': Narration and De-Figuration in Robert Bresson's Mouchette