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In a poor neighborhood of New York, the bitter and lonely Jewish pawnbroker Sol Nazerman is a survivor from Auschwitz that has no emotions or feelings. Sol lost his dearest family and friends in the war and his faith in God and belief in mankind. Now he only cares for money and is haunted by daydreams, actually flashbacks from the period of the concentration camp. Sol's assistant is the ambitious Latino Jesus Ortiz, who wants to learn with Sol how to run a business of his own. When Sol realizes that the obscure laundry business he has with the powerful gangster Rodriguez comes also from brothels, Sol recalls the fate of his beloved wife in the concentration camp and has a nervous breakdown. His attitude leads Jesus Ortiz to tragedy and Sol finds a way to cry.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When the gun goes off, it is clearly aimed to Ortiz' side (toward the camera) and not at his stomach. See more »
What makes you so bitter?
No, no, Miss Birchfield, I am not *bitter*. No, that passed me by a million years ago. I'm a man of no anger. I have no desire for vengeance for what was done to me. I have escaped from the emotions. I am safe within myself. All I ask and want is peace and quiet.
Why haven't you found them?
Because people like you will not let me. Miss Birchfield, you have made the afternoon very tedious with your constant search for an answer. And one more thing: ...
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This awesome film is driven by a powerhouse performance by Steiger as a victim of his past reminiscences with the Holocaust. How Lee Marvin won that 1965 Oscar from Steiger is an ongoing mystery to me! Lumet's direction of the camera is brilliant. Everything fits together perfectly. The lighting, color and music are all blended to create an eerie world for us.
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