Quatre nuits d'un rêveur (Four Nights of a Dreamer) (1972)




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Released in France as Quatre nuits d'un reveur, Four Nights of a Dreamer is another of director Robert Bresson's studies of love sans passion. Based on a Dostoyevsky story, the film is about a Parisian painter who falls for a woman whose lover has just deserted her. Despite generous displays of nudity, the film has all the emotion of an anatomy lecture. A far more full-blooded version of this tale was filmed by Luchino Visconti in 1957, titled White Nights (also the title of the Dostoyevski original). Four Nights of a Dreamer is recommended for those who find Robert Bresson's dimensionless visual style and painstaking attention to detail irresistible.
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Critic Reviews for Quatre nuits d'un rêveur (Four Nights of a Dreamer)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

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.

March 5, 2013
L.A. Weekly
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In the secular turn Bresson reveals an unexpected sense of humor and worldly irony.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Chicago Reader
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The film is rescued from occasional moments of pretension by the gentle eroticism and absolute conviction with which it is made.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
New York Times
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Where [Dostoevsky] reveals and analyses intensity of perception, Bresson merely suggests it. The parable shrinks into an anecdote, and a pretty boring one at that.

Full Review… | August 3, 2015
The Spectator

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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Quatre nuits d'un rêveur (Four Nights of a Dreamer)

Based on the same Dostoyevsky story as La Notti Bianche, it's hard for me to say which I like better. I'm more naturally inclined towards Bresson's style than Visconti's, but I do like how Visconti made the characters harder to like. I think I'd give it a very slight edge over this one... it's my favorite Visconti, while this is only so-so for Bresson. But they're both worth watching, especially to see how two very different directors handle the same material.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Bresson's overlooked adaptation of Dostoyevsky's White Nights, A bit more accessible than his other works that I've seen, Has some interesting moments but overall I have mixed feelings, It may a need a rewatch

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white][img]http://www.mastersofcinema.org/bresson/Posters/QuatreNuits/nuits3.jpg[/img][/color][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]Summary (from IMDB): Jacques, a young painter, runs into Marthe as she's contemplating suicide on the Pont-Neuf in Paris. They talk, and agree to see each other again the next night. Gradually, he discovers that her lover promised to meet her on the bridge that night, and he failed to turn up. Over the next couple of nights, Jacques falls in love with her - but on the fourth night her original lover returns.[/color][/size][/font] [center][img]http://bp0.blogger.com/_2XS5JCZsbj4/RsWxQzFOoUI/AAAAAAAAAwU/9GTLJ-VRPU4/s400/Quatre-lune.jpg[/img][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]This was unlike any of the other Bresson's I've seen. Although I'm having a little trouble deciding if that is because the video quality was so bad or if it really was that much different. Regardless, it's actually my second favorite of his so far. Having seen Visconti's Le Notti Bianche already, the story was definitely a familiar one, and I like it. While I prefere Le Notti Bianche, this was still a fine movie. My favorite scene is when the barge passes under the bridge with a band playing music while the two character spend a moment together watching it pass. I love the song, the feeling of the scene, everything. Those scenes were abundant enough that I could enjoy this dispite the poor source quality. I also liked the telling of girl's background story.[/color][/size][/font]

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Chris Weseloh

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