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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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The Last Gasp

The Last Gasp

L’Argent and the End of Socialism

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(p.183) 7 The Last Gasp
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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/9780816654611.003.0008

This chapter examines Robert Bresson’s last film of his career, L’Argent, in which he makes the turn from Dostoevsky to Tolstoy. This turn is an evidence of Bresson’s sensitivity to a relation between film form and the world. Of all of Bresson’s late work, L’Argent is especially direct in its political address. In L’Argent, characters’ reflections on their situation and place in the world or with each other are kept to a minimum, which allows Bresson to make a systematic argument, representing the chain of exploitation at work in a capitalist economy as opposed to how various members of that chain feel about it.

Keywords:   Robert Bresson, L’Argent, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, capitalist economy

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