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Paul Schrader on Pickpocket

Critic and filmmaker Paul Schrader has long cited the work of the great French director Robert Bresson as being hugely important to him. In this excerpt from his introduction to the Criterion release of Bresson’s Pickpocket, Schrader calls the movie “the most influential film in my creative life” and explains how his obsession with the ethereal crime tale led to his writing Taxi Driver.


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