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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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Lancelot du Lac; or, The Failure of Identification and Totality

(p.123) 5 Disintegration
Neither God nor Master

Brian Price

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter reviews Bresson’s Lancelot du Lac, in which he remains concerned with the problem of revolution in the aftermath of its perceived failure. His turn to Arthurian legend in 1974 makes explicit the concerns of his late work. In Lancelot du Lac, color traces a process of social disintegration, describing the obstructions to collectivity at a moment in French life where every effort at unification is monitored and disrupted by a newly fortified state of surveillance. The film records the change and variety of human experience in an effort to understand pressures and problems of enacting a revolution in contemporary France.

Keywords:   Robert Bresson, Lancelot du Lac, revolution, Arthurian legend, social disintegration, unification, surveillance, contemporary France

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