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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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2 nominations See more »
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Comic relief in an otherwise humorless film See more (58 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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
Michel studies the book "Prince of Pickpockets" (1930), a biography of the Irish pickpocket George Barrington written by Richard S. Lambert.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 Gefängnisbilder (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Suite de symphonies d'Amadis (selection)See more »

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35 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Comic relief in an otherwise humorless film, 22 October 2004
Author: Miles-10 from United States

To my previous comments, I should like to add/correct. When I said that Kassagi, who plays "first accomplice" (1er complice), was a 'real-life pickpocket who served as the film's technical consultant' I was not only inaccurate, but the fact that Kassagi was actually a stage magician has some bearing on the film itself, for although the scene in which the pickpockets rip off a series of train passengers is authentic in that it shows how pickpockets operate in terms of teamwork and speed, nevertheless, the moment when Kassagi (?) 'neatly replac[es] the lightened wallet [back] in a man's pocket' is not something a real pickpocket would likely do; it is, however, exactly what a stage magician would do. A real pickpocket has no audience (or so he hopes) whereas a magician wants the audience to see him make a monkey of the hapless "volunteer from the audience." In this case, Kassagi's idea (as I am sure it was) provides a brief moment of comic relief in the middle of a movie that is otherwise without a lot of humor. It is a welcome touch and Bresson was wise to keep it in. Now, I also engaged in a fallacy when I said that 'American pickpockets traditionally prefer to steal from behind to avoid any chance of a mark seeing their faces.' In reality, American pickpockets take from behind because of necessity: even by 1959 when 'Pickpocket" was released, American men more and more carried their wallets in the hip pocket whereas European men, as can be seen in this film, continued to use the inside breast pocket. While the business about seeing the mark's face is part of the lore of American petty criminals, it is not the cause of the American style of picking pockets, but rather a rationalization after the fact.

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