“Of all my films,” Bresson said, “Le Diable probablement is the most ghastly. But none of them are despairing.” 

Made when French director, Robert Bresson was nearly 80, this despairing, but “visually ravishing” (Andrew O’Hehir, Salon) manifesto is a deeply personal chronicle of the modern world as a spiritual wasteland—complete with footage of environmental degradation and nuclear destruction.

Bresson’s screed against modern culture incited controversy by the French government (who believed it would instigate a rash of youth suicides) for its portrayal of five teenage intellectuals who grow increasingly disillusioned with society and religion—one of the group (Monnier) retreats into compulsive sex while plotting his suicide.

Richard Hell called it “by far the most punk movie ever made.”

The four-screen BAM Rose Cinemas (BRC) opened in 1998 to offer Brooklyn audiences alternative and independent films that might not play in the borough otherwise, making BAM the only performing arts center in the country with two mainstage theaters and a multiplex cinema. In July 1999, beginning with a series celebrating the work of Spike Lee, BAMcinématek was born as Brooklyn’s only daily, year-round repertory film program. BAMcinématek presents new and rarely seen contemporary films, classics from cinema history, work by local artists, and festivals of films from around the world, often with special appearances by directors, actors, and other guests.

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 4:30, 6:50*, 9:30pm
*Intro and brief Q&A with Richard Hell

Directed by Robert Bresson
With Antoine Monnier
(1977) 95min, 35mm

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Brooklyn, NY 11217-1486