PICKPOCKET Film Directed by Robert Bresson at the BFI, 2 for 1 Offer for NCRM
South-east England (inc. London) & East Anglia
|Event Organiser:||British Film Institute|
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|Ticket Price:||£3 - £8 use Bresson241|
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Running throughout June, check booking link for times and dates
PICKPOCKET Directed by Robert Bresson
France, 1959, 76 mins, cert PG, French with English subtitles
A BFI Distribution release
Use Bresson241 to get two tickets for the price of one when booking. Our box office counter is open daily from 11:00am to 8:45pm. Book online (link below) or call 020 7928 3232.
(watch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyCTOHA4ejA&ab_channel=BFI )
“As close to perfect as there can be” Paul Schrader
“So intense and so beautiful” Werner Herzog
“An absolute masterpiece” Richard Linklater
With Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Pierre Leymarie, Jean Pélégri
Opening on 3 June 2022 at BFI Southbank, Cine Lumiere, Tyneside Cinema and selected cinemas UK-wide
PICKPOCKET (1959), one of the greatest films of the minimalist French director Robert Bresson (1901-1999) will be returning to the big screen in selected cinemas UK-wide on 3 June. Re-released by BFI Distribution, PICKPOCKET will also have an extended run during the BFI Southbank season OF SIN AND SALVATION: THE CINEMA OF ROBERT BRESSON, running throughout June. BFI Distribution is making two further Bresson films, THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC (1962) and L’ARGENT (1983), available for UK cinemas to book from 3 June.
In Paris in the late 1950s, Michel (Martin LaSalle, a non-professional actor at the time), a young man of intellectual background but unemployed, makes his living through petty theft from strangers. Caught out in an unsuccessful attempted theft at a horse race, he tries to justify the exhilaration of the expert thief to the police inspector who interviews him, gloomily and quite openly betraying his own feeling of superiority to society coupled with a certain urge towards self-destruction. He is released, but kept under observation. The death of Michel’s mother (whom he had also stolen from), and the reactions of his friends Jacques and Jeanne, stir up his conscience. But when he meets a master pickpocket who trains him and takes him on as a partner, he reverts to theft with dedicated, albeit pessimistic, enthusiasm.
In his fifth feature, a character study of a petty thief – who does not primarily steal for financial gain – Bresson’s screenplay was inspired by Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Using terse narration by Michel himself and showing his diary entries, Bresson’s austere, stylish drama, brilliantly edited to reveal Michel’s practice and skill in sleight of hand, seeks to understand the reasons for his immoral behaviour.
PICKPOCKET is a favourite of contemporary directors including Werner Herzog, Lynne Ramsay and Richard Linklater, and heavily influenced Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER.
Intentionally not a thriller but certainly not without suspense, Bresson’s film is profoundly ambivalent about Michel’s ethics, sexuality (he seems aroused by his thefts), his capacity for compassion and his courtship of suspicion in others. His isolation, however, is undeniable. A riveting morality tale reminiscent of both Hitchcock and Dostoevsky, it’s imbued with the director’s distinctive rigour.
Geoff Andrew, BFI Programmer-at-large
The month-long BFI Southbank season, OF SIN AND SALVATION: THE CINEMA OF ROBERT BRESSON, will explore the work of this great French filmmaker, known for his tales of transgression, redemption and grace which often cast non-professional actors. It will feature a richly illustrated talk from season curator Geoff Andrew on 7 June and, as well as the extended run of PICKPOCKET, screenings of Bresson’s work will include LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE (1945), A MAN ESCAPED (1956), THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC (1962), AU HASARD BALTHAZAR(1966), MOUCHETTE (1966), LANCELOT DU LAC (1974) and more.
UK-wide screening venues for PICKPOCKET will be listed/updated at www.bfi.org.uk/releases
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