Pickpocket Pickpocket

Pickpocket

Robert Bresson

 
Pickpocket (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

15 Jul 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

2 Discs

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  • France
  • 1959
  • 76 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
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  • Spine #314

This incomparable story of crime and redemption from the French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out. A cornerstone of the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, Pickpocket is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers.

Cast

MichelMartin LaSalle
JeanneMarika Green
JacquesPierre Leymarie
MotherDolly Scal
Police inspectorJean Pélégri
Accomplice no. 1Kassagi
Accomplice no. 2Pierre Etaix
DetectiveCésar Gattegno

Credits

DirectorRobert Bresson
Written byRobert Bresson
Produced byAgnès Delahaie
CinematographyLéonce-Henri Burel
Film editing byRaymond Lamy
Assistant editorGeneviève Falaschi
Production designPierre Charbonnier
SoundAntoine Archimbaud
Music from the opera Atys byJean-Baptiste Lully
Conducted byMarc Lanjean
Arrangement byFernand Oubradous
Production managerMichel Choquet
Pickpocket consultantKassagi

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar James Quandt
  • Introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader
  • The Models of “Pickpocket,” a 2003 documentary by Babette Mangolte that features interviews with actors from the film
  • Interview with director Robert Bresson from a 1960 episode of the French television program Cinépanorama
  • Q&A on Pickpocket from 2000, featuring actor Marika Green and filmmakers Paul Vecchiali and Jean-Pierre Améris
  • Footage of the sleight-of-hand artist and Pickpocket consultant Kassagi from a 1962 episode of the French television show La piste aux étoiles
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist and critic Gary Indiana

    Cover based on theatrical poster

Film Essays

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Pickpocket: Robert Bresson: Hidden in Plain Sight

By Gary Indiana July 15, 2014

Bresson’s existential, even erotic tale of crime and punishment concerns a man who steals to feel something, anything, in a world of inauthenticity. Read more »

Film Essays

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Pickpocket: Robert Bresson: Hidden in Plain Sight

By Gary Indiana July 15, 2014

Bresson’s existential, even erotic tale of crime and punishment concerns a man who steals to feel something, anything, in a world of inauthenticity. Read more »


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Hands of Bresson

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Bailey on Bresson

May 12, 2011

Call it notes from a cinematographer on Notes on the Cinematographer: for the latest post to his blog at the American Society of Cinematographers website, award-winning director of photography . . . Read more »