Film posters for Robert Bresson

Film director Robert Bresson began his career in the 1930s, aiming to separate cinema from its theatrical roots to create an effect that exists on the screen alone. He became an advocate for cinematography, and argued its case as the higher function of cinema, over ‘filmed theatre’.

Adrian Curry looks at some of the best posters for Bresson’s films that were screened in a Film Forum retrospective. The poster designers have responded to Bresson’s austere grace in a surprising variety of ways.

Highlights for me are the surreal Czech poster for Une Femme Douche (1969), and the bold Polish image (Jacek Neugebauer) for Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971). Also the German design for Pickpocket (1959) by the great Hans Hillman.


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