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Neither God nor MasterRobert Bresson and Radical Politics$
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Brian Price

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816654611

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.001.0001

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Crime as a Form of Liberation

Crime as a Form of Liberation

Modeling Revolt in Pickpocket and A Man Escaped

(p.15) 1 Crime as a Form of Liberation
Neither God nor Master

Brian Price

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter suggests that the transcendental tradition of Bresson criticism has been too much concerned with the theological implications of cells and too little concerned with the crimes themselves. In Bresson’s early work, crime is considered not as the predicate to a confinement that leads to the acceptance of grace, but as a form of social liberation, as a necessary form of revolt against the dominant social formation and the reeducative function of the prison described so well by Michel Foucault. In the criminal dimension of A Man Escaped and Pickpocket, crime is not a prelude to religious conversion, but the beginning of a revolutionary conception of crime presented in the most incendiary of all forms.

Keywords:   Bresson criticism, Robert Bresson, crime, social liberation, revolt, Pickpocket, A Man Escaped

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