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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Morning in Cannes

And so it begins…

There are few things odder than going to so many festivals every year and then not quite knowing which way is up as you start one. But here we go.

The first line today is the line for credentials. You would think that journalists would know enough not to block the public sidewalk. No such luck.

People were lining up by the Palais last night with all the accoutrements of paparazzi… but I am told they are just gawkers with serious equipment and that they spent the night on the street. Access rarely seems like so much of a privilege.

And now, the press room doors open and the wild rumpus begins… again.

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The next thing that really changed my world and thoroughly influenced my writing were the films of Robert Bresson. When I discovered them in the late seventies, I felt I had found the final ingredient I needed to write the fiction I wanted to write.

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Recognizing that the films were entirely about emotion and, to me, ­ profoundly moving while, at the same time, stylistically inexpressive and monotonic. On the surface, they were nothing but style, and the style was extremely rigorous to boot, but they seemed almost transparent and purely content driven. Bresson’s use of untrained nonactors influenced my concentration on characters who are amateurs or noncharacters or characters who are ill equipped to handle the job of manning a story line or holding the reader’s attention in a conventional way. Altogether, I think Bresson’s films had the greatest influence on my work of any art I’ve ever encountered. In fact, the first fiction of mine that was ever published was a chapbook called “Antoine Monnier,” which was a god-awful, incompetent attempt to rewrite Bresson’s film Le diable ­probablement as a pornographic novella. So I came to writing novels through a channel that included experimental fiction, poetry, and nonliterary influences pretty much exclusively. I never read normal novels with any real interest or close attention.
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