Marika Green and Martin LaSalle in Pickpocket (1959)
Marika Green and Martin LaSalle in Pickpocket (1959)
Pickpocket (1959)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Robert Bresson | France | 1959 | M

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Wed 15 Mar 2023

Bresson’s massively influential tale (inspired by Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment) of a pickpocket (the intense Martin LaSalle) who finds hard-won redemption through love is a startlingly pure and austere religious allegory. Léonce-Henri Burel’s precise cinematography focuses with mesmeric intensity on the ballet-like play of nimble hands and stoic faces, building towards a work of overwhelming emotional and cinematic impact: “with theft I entered by the back door into the kingdom of morality” (Bresson). With Pierre Étaix.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: MK2
Runtime: 75 mins

Event duration

75 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Although Robert Bresson (1901–99) made only 13 features over 40 years, there is perhaps no other body of work in cinema history more marked by a director’s personality, sensibility or style...

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