FOUR NIGHTS OF A DREAMER
- FOUR NIGHTS OF A DREAMER
- (QUATRE NUITS D'UN RÊVEUR)
- 1971, Robert Bresson, France, 87 min.
- With Guillaume des Forêts, Isabel Weingarten
"Shockingly beautiful...I can think of nothing in recent films so ravishing as Bresson's strange romantic vision of Paris. It may well be his loveliest film."
—Roger Greenspun, The New York Times
FOUR NIGHTS OF A DREAMER is perhaps Bresson's most surprising film--a lyrical, anti-tragic, at times even funny tale of attenuated romance, with an exhilarating affirmation of the self-sufficiency of love and art. The film updates Dostoyevsky's short story "White Nights" to contemporary Paris, where a painter befriends a young woman bereft of her lover and secretly falls in love with her. Bresson's camera creates a haunting fairyworld around the Pont Neuf bridge; one scene in particular--the night-time apparition of a pleasure boat gliding down the Seine--ranks as one of the most enchanting visions in French cinema. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)