The Devil, Probably (Le diable probablement)

  • Dir: Robert Bresson

  • France, 1977, 95min, 35mm

  • Cast: Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari, Henri de Maublanc, Laetitia Carcano

Although it won a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, this remains one of Bresson’s most rarely-screened difficult films, where Catholicism meets nihilism in a post-1968 Parisian student milieu. Perhaps fittingly, this Dostoevsky adaptation opens with our hero, Charles, already dead in Père Lachaise cemetery. Flashbacks reveal not only his beauty and his questions, but also demanding questions of political and moral action of this era that remain powerful and pressing to this day. A film Rainer Werner Fassbinder championed as “shattering.”


Further reading:
Filmmakers on Bresson – Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Robert Bresson by James Quandt (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1998)

1977 Berlin Film Festival, Silver Bear Special Jury Prize



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