One of Thomson's five favorite books about film, as told to The Daily Beast:
Notes on the CinematographerRead about another book on the list.
by Robert Bresson
[H]ere’s one you may not know: Robert Bresson’s Notes on the Cinematographer (1975). It’s very slim, comprised of a gathering together of proverbs or rules about how to make a movie. Don’t read it too fast. You need to think about every passage. But the book is full of wisdom and a strange, straight-faced humor so that when you’re done you will be ready to see some Bresson movies—A Man Escaped, Mouchette, Pickpocket…
See David Thomson's five best books about making movies.