Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Cinematic Convergence: From Bresson to...Nolan?

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—I have only one reason for this post: to wonder aloud if it's at all weird that, when I first encountered this image from Robert Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest (1951) a couple of months ago...

...I immediately thought of the Joker from The Dark Knight?

Bresson's Priest of Ambricourt feeling a sense of freedom, however fleeting, while getting a ride on the back of a stranger's bicycle? The Joker feeling a similar sense of freedom, in a far different context, while riding in the back of a police car? Eh? Eh?

More proof that my movie-loving mind sometimes makes the strangest connections. (By the way, yes, I am seeing The Dark Knight Rises in legit IMAX tomorrow morning. As someone who wasn't a huge fan of The Dark Knight, I'm not going into it with especially sky-high expectations or anything.)

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