Robert Bresson’s incomparable tale of crime and redemption follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsion grows, however, so too does his fear that his luck is about to run out. Tautly choreographed and crafted in Bresson’s inimitable style, Pickpocket reveals a master director at the height of his powers. —The Criterion Collection
Often described as a “painter” of films, French director Robert Bresson was one of cinema’s greatest anomalies. He directed only 13 films over the course of 40 years, but these films were in a category all their own, minimalist works that tended towards radical (and sometimes controversial) reinterpretations of such classical sources as Diderot, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy. An expert manipulator of narrative incident, Bresson focused on seemingly incidental details of the stories he told and used amateur actors (whom he called ‘models’) lacking any trace of theatricality, creating searching meditations on the quality of transcendence, spirituality, and alienation. Of the artistic influences inherent in his work – perhaps most apparent in his belief that the cinema is a fusion of music and painting, not the theatre and photography – Bresson once said “Art is not a luxury, but a vital necessity.”
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Compared to the other Bresson films I've watched so far, there's something about the dialogue and exchanges in "Pickpocket" that can feel a bit...stilted. Perhaps it's the translation. While "A Man Escaped" would likely make a better entryway into Bresson's work for those just starting out, "Pickpocket" is still requisite viewing for fans of the director as well as anyone with an interest in existentialist philosophy. Even with a brief runtime, the viewer is effectively plunged into a shadowy side of real life, which Bresson conveys through his familiar style: crisp storytelling, sober-faced performances, and a restrained use of music. The pickpocket scenes literally dazzle the eyes.
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Começa in media res, não nos é dada qualquer informação sobre o tempo e o espaço ou qualquer detalhe psicológico proposto… read review
Just checked out “Pickpocket” last night, featuring strong direction from Robert Breeson. This is such a small movie it was passed over for 10 years in America. This never got a proper distribution… read review