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Robert Bresson (writer)
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Release Date:
16 December 1959 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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piece of junk See more (61 total) »

Cast

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Martin LaSalle ... Michel (as Martin La Salle)
Marika Green ... Jeanne
Jean Pélégri ... L'inspecteur principal
Dolly Scal ... La mère
Pierre Leymarie ... Jacques
Kassagi ... 1er complice

Pierre Étaix ... 2ème complice
César Gattegno ... Un inspecteur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sophie Saint-Just ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Dominique Zardi ... Un passager du métro / Subway passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Bresson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Bresson  writer

Produced by
Agnès Delahaie .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Léonce-Henri Burel  (as L.-H. Burel)
 
Film Editing by
Raymond Lamy 
 
Production Design by
Pierre Charbonnier 
 
Production Management
Michel Choquet .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Ballanche .... assistant director
Claude Clément .... assistant director
Michel Clément .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Pierre Guffroy .... first assistant decorator (as P. Guffroy)
 
Sound Department
Antoine Archimbaud .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques De St. Girons .... second assistant camera (as J. de Saint Girons)
André du Breuil .... first assistant camera (as A. du Breuil)
Henri Raichi .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luce Scatena .... wardrober (as L. Scatena)
 
Editorial Department
Geneviève Falaschi .... assistant editor (as G. Falaschi)
 
Other crew
Kassagi .... technical advisor: pickpockets' skills
Odette Lemarchand .... script girl (as O. Lemarchand)
Léon Sanz .... administrator
 
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Runtime:
75 min | Argentina:79 min | Finland:77 min (1965)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Quotes:
Jeanne:I don't know. Perhaps everything has a reason.
Michel:Jeanne, are you that naïve?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Life Itself (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Suite de symphonies d'Amadis (selection)See more »

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21 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
piece of junk, 6 April 2006
Author: rububula from United States

A filmed adaptation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment that not only fails to add anything to the interpretation of the source material, but also fails to accomplish anything remotely interesting cinematically. Aside from the standard ideas of the new wave, Bresson's main concept is the use of his cast not as "actors", but as "models". He thought that classical Hollywood acting was histrionic and stagey, and therefore uncinematic. What Bresson didn't get is that naturalist acting is not having your actors woodenly recite their lines and then stare at the floor. Also, it doesn't help that the dialogue is plain awful. Maybe it's just the English subtitles that are bad, but most of the dialogue sounds more like something from a second rate existentialist play than a realist film. Crime and Punishment hinges on Raskolnikov's detached, dreamlike state throughout the book. The film, however, attempts to give the main character the same motivations as Raskolnikov without communicating his mania in any way. Taken alone, without considering the source material, the motivation for Michel's actions is totally incomprehensible.

Pickpocket is notable mostly for terrible photography (except in the train sequence), mannequin-like acting, and poor pacing that fails, in less then an hour and a half, to have half as much dramatic momentum as a six hundred page novel. A failed experiment.

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