Quatre nuits d'un rÍveur (Four Nights of a Dreamer) (1972)
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Four Nights of a Dreamer is a loose adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novella White Nights, with the action transposed from 19th century Russia to modern-day France. One night, Jacques (Guillaume Des Forets), a young man with artistic aspirations, sees a girl (Isabelle Weingarten) trying to commit suicide by jumping from a bridge. When he prevents her from jumping, Marthe tells him that she has become desperate waiting for her lover, who left her almost a year ago but promised to return. Jacques asks Marthe to meet him by the bridge the next night and the girl agrees. They spend the following three nights wandering through Paris, and Jacques tries in vain to cure Marthe of the memories of her elusive lover. The same story was previously filmed by Luchino Visconti as Le Notti Bianche. … More
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Critic Reviews for Quatre nuits d'un rÍveur (Four Nights of a Dreamer)
It's an affectionate tribute to the beauty of Parisian youth with a keen eye for the friction caused when whimsical idealism meets the messy demands of interpersonal reality.
Time and again, it is shockingly beautiful, and I can think of nothing in recent films so ravishing as his strange romantic vision of the city, the river, the softly lighted tourist boats in the night.
The film is rescued from occasional moments of pretension by the gentle eroticism and absolute conviction with which it is made.
In the secular turn Bresson reveals an unexpected sense of humor and worldly irony.
Gone is the blistering, fatalistic Catholicism for which Bresson is famous, to be replaced with an unusual sort of humanism that is cynical but quirky, detached but sincere.
Dostoevsky wrote it, Visconti embraced the romanticism, Robert Bresson makes it a sardonic beating around the bush
This fascinating feature by master director Bresson adapts Dostoyevsky's story White Nights and puts it in Paris in the modern age.
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