Posted: June 22nd, 2022
Discuss the Schoolboy requesting Monthly Allowance.
Robert Bresson was a major figure in the history of film production.
He was also a significant contributor.
Many appreciate Bresson’s significant contribution to the film industry (Reader & Keith 2010).
Bresson directed and produced many films during his film career. These films ranged from 1934 to 1999.
Bresson’s most notable film work is L’Argent film, which literally means money.
Bresson plays the role of a criminal in the L’Argent movie.
The film begins with a schoolboy who asks for his monthly allowance.
The father agrees but the boy demands more.
The boy’s mother intervenes and the father holds firm to his position.
The boy is forced to give his watch to a friend.
But, the friend offers 500-francs for the boy.
The boy uses the counterfeit money to purchase a picture frame.
He confronts his partner after the Photoshop core manager discovers that he accepted a vague notice.
The partner reproaches the core manager for accepting fake notes last week.
The manager promises to pay the gas bill with all the forged bills they have.
All the forged notes are handed to Yvon, the gasman.
Yvon uses the forged money to pay the tab at the restaurant.
But the waiter notices that the notes are vague.
Yvon was arrested.
During the trial, the photographer denies that he gave Yvon forged money.
Yvon is not sentenced, but he is fired.
He is without any income and ends up driving getaway cars for robbery.
Yvon is however arrested and the robbery doesn’t succeed.
Yvon is sentenced at the end to three years.
His sentence is not yet completed.
His wife wrote to him to inform him of her departure.
Yvon tries suicide, but fortunately he lives.
Yvon is freed after three years imprisonment.
He immediately kills all staff members at the hotel and then steals their cash.
Yvon is taken in by a kind and caring woman, despite his father’s objections.
After some time, Yvon kills everyone in the house using an axe.
He then returns to the restaurant to tell the police what he has done.
He is then arrested again.
Richard Corliss says that watching Bresson’s L’Argent film is like climbing Mount Everest when he reviews it.
The film flows very clearly and each element is easily understood.
Bresson’s film invites the adventure viewer to prepare to see the new world of filmmaking (Cunneen, Joseph 2006). Corliss argument describes how Bresson’s artistic style transformed the film industry to a point that filmmakers today cannot reach.
Bresson’s films were made with a unique plot and rich content in mind. This was the basis of his film work.
Bresson’s cinematic style stressed visionary and the film content.
Bresson wanted to show viewers less and let them decide for themselves.
Bresson allowed viewers to be involved in his films by allowing them to infer, think, and discover things (Marzola (2016)).
Bresson’s film viewers became active participants rather than passive recipients of film content.
Bresson’s cinematic style offers viewers the opportunity to think about what could have happened and what will happen in future.
Bresson’s outstanding technique of capturing images is only one aspect of his unique style. His directional vocabulary corresponds to all aspects of each film.
You can see the influence of Bresson’s language in the characters, sounds, and images used in the film.
David Thomson noted Bresson’s use of directional language well. Thomson also pointed out that Bresson has a purpose in his films that no other directors have yet to understand.
Thomson further notes that Bresson is a director that should be emulated (Thompson & Bordwell (2008)).
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