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

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Pickpocket

Robert Bresson | France | 1959 | M
Film

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
Duration: 75 mins

When

Duration

75 mins

Rating

M

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 15 March

About the program

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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