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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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Word and Image, World and Nothingness

Word and Image, World and Nothingness

Logocentrism and Ironic Reversal in Procès de Jeanne d’Arc, Diary of a Country Priest, and Les Anges du péché

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Neither God nor Master
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Brian Price

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.003.0003

This chapter examines Michel Estève’s differentiation of Luis Buñuel’s Nazarin and Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest. The differences between these films is said to reside in Buñuel’s tendency to describe the dominant effect of social alienation as a turn to the erotic. The chapter then focuses on the work words do in Bresson’s early films, and what the obvious attention to the materiality of the signifier and his propensity for citation suggests. It deals with the possibility of monstration, and how an attention to language itself shares this revolutionary ambition.

Keywords:   Michel Estève, Luis Buñuel, Nazarin, Robert Bresson, Diary of a Country Priest, social alienation, erotic, monstration

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