Pierre the Pickpocket

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Apr 26, 2013

Among filmmaker Pierre Etaix’s many eclectic accomplishments is his appearance as one of the thieves in Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket. However, you probably won’t be able to spot him: all that’s left of his performance is one of his hands, surreptitiously filching a wallet. In this exclusive interview clip, not available in Criterion’s new Pierre Etaix collection, Etaix vividly recounts how, so early in his career, he came to be a bit player in Bresson’s masterpiece. Among the many details we love: Bresson and Jacques Tati would stop for friendly chats, and Bresson enjoyed chewing gum and mint soda!