Robert Bresson

1901 - 1999

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Robert Bresson (French: [ʁɔbɛʁ bʁɛsɔ̃]; 25 September 1901 – 18 December 1999) was a French film director. Known for his ascetic approach, Bresson contributed notably to the art of cinema; his non-professional actors, ellipses, and sparse use of scoring have led his works to be regarded as preeminent examples of minimalist film. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Bresson has received more than 851,913 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Robert Bresson is the 95th most popular film director (down from 78th in 2019), the 684th most popular biography from France (down from 657th in 2019) and the 14th most popular French Film Director.

Robert Bresson is most famous for his minimalist style of filmmaking, which is often described as "austere." He was a French film director, screenwriter, and producer.

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Among film directors, Robert Bresson ranks 95 out of 1,580Before him are Oliver Stone, John Huston, Fred Zinnemann, Victor Fleming, Louis Malle, and Manoel de Oliveira. After him are René Clair, Carlos Saura, Wolfgang Petersen, Sidney Lumet, Peter Brook, and Andrzej Żuławski.

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Among people born in 1901, Robert Bresson ranks 35Before him are Milton H. Erickson, Ernest Lawrence, Ricardo Zamora, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Jean Dubuffet, and Carl Barks. After him are Mohamed Naguib, Witold Pilecki, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Henning von Tresckow, Nikolai Vatutin, and Alfred Tarski. Among people deceased in 1999, Robert Bresson ranks 15Before him are Joaquín Rodrigo, Yehudi Menuhin, Wassily Leontief, Gertrude B. Elion, Amália Rodrigues, and Georgios Papadopoulos. After him are Raisa Gorbacheva, Fred Trump, Willi Stoph, Jerzy Grotowski, Joe DiMaggio, and Julius Nyerere.

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Among people born in France, Robert Bresson ranks 684 out of 5,234Before him are Louis Malle (1932), Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron (1799), Claude of France (1547), France Gall (1947), Clotilde (475), and Edmond Rostand (1868). After him are Anne of Foix-Candale (1484), Catherine of Valois (1401), Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy (1847), René Clair (1898), Chlodomer (495), and Joanna of Bourbon (1338).


Among film directors born in France, Robert Bresson ranks 14Before him are William Wyler (1902), Claude Chabrol (1930), Alain Resnais (1922), Luc Besson (1959), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), and Louis Malle (1932). After him are René Clair (1898), Claude Lelouch (1937), Jean-Pierre Melville (1917), René Clément (1913), Jacques Rivette (1928), and Jean Vigo (1905).