By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Critics Top Ten List 2012: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, SF Bay Guardian

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

1. Cosmopolis
2. In the Family
3. The Master
4. The Comedy
5. Florentina Hubaldo CTE
6. Shanghai
7. Holy Motors
8. The Grey
9a. Your Sister’s Sister
9b. Jeff, Who Lives At Home
10. Lotus Community Workshop
11. ParaNorman
12-14 [tie]. A Simple Life, Amour, The Turin Horse
15. Compliance
16. The Kid With a Bike
17. Beasts of the Southern Wild
18. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
19. John Carter
20. The Dark Knight Rises

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DENNIS COOPER

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.

INTERVIEWER

What was the final ingredient?

DENNIS COOPER

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.
~ Dennis Cooper Discovers Bresson

The whole world within reach.
~ Filmmaker Peter Hutton

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