DVD and VHS:
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953) Director Samuel Fuller @ 81 minutes.
The film starred , , , and .
A woman had her purse picked on the New York subway. The purse contained microfilm that was to be given to Communist spies. Federal agents were watching the whole event. They endeavored to put pressure on Skip, the pickpocket, trying to appeal to his “patriotism”—but he had a different agenda, feeling that he could work both ends against the middle. This terrific and classic film noir plunges us headlong into a criminal world we had heretofore only imagined. Tagline, “How the law took a chance on a B-girl…and won!”
PICKPOCKET (1959) Writer/Director Robert Bresson @ 75 minutes.
The film starred Martin La Salle, Marika Green, Jean Pelegri, and Kassagi.
Based loosely on Sam Fuller’s 1953 film, and even more loosely on Dostoyevsky’s “”, we are presented with Michel, a petty thief initially forced into a life of crime, an intellectual, and an arrogant loner who considers himself superior to others — who discovers that he gets an almost erotic thrill out of stealing. Crime is the seducer in his new world, and the plausibility of punishment is the rush. Ultimately he must choose between love and redemption and the raw kick he gets from being an outcast and an outlaw.
Theatrical Feature tentatively opening at the Grand Theater on Friday, May 2, 2008.
THE COUNTERFEITERS, aka DER FALSCHER (2007) Director Stefan Ruzowitzky, running time @ 98 minutes.
The film stars Karl Markovics, , and .
This is the fascinating true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, put in place by the Nazis in 1936 to disrupt the Allies economy. Salomon Sorowitch led an arrogant criminal lifestyle in Berlin as a master forger—until he was caught and arrested. He was placed in a concentration camp immediately. His exceptional forging skills and willingness to “cooperate”, gave him the impetus to move into a much more comfortable position in a new camp, where he lived in luxury barracks and was given a plethora of privileges. But his fellow inmates and “team members” helped him to realize that he actually was in the terrible grips of a moral dilemma. This movie won the Oscar this year for “Best Foreign Film”. Tagline: “It takes a clever man to make money, but it takes a genius to stay alive.”
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953) will screen @ CSL on Friday, May 2, 2008.
PICKPOCKET (1959) will screen @ CSL on Friday, May 9, 2008. See you at the movies!!