In the video embedded below, you’ll find an interview with Robert Bresson from the French television program Cinépanorama that was conducted following the release of Pickpocket (1959). It exhibits the director at his most earnest and direct, speaking on everything from the state of cinema to audience expectations to his own methodical and austere style of directing. A particularly interesting bit has Bresson commenting on his usage of actors and his signature denial of histrionics in which he plainly rejects the suggestion that he is attempting to make movies that defy realism, arguing that he is instead trying to direct actors towards the “automatism that occupies such a large part of our lives”. The interview ends with Bresson admitting he feels alone and unsure about the future of cinema — a candidly human moment from a larger-than-life figure.