All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.
Well I must say it's very nice of Pickpocket to start off by telling us it's not a thriller.
I'm slightly pissed off by that opening. It could be because I'm over-tired and annoyed and possibly being over-sensitive, but there's a slightly sneery tone behind it that almost smacks to me as suggesting that it would be beneath this film to be labelled a mere thriller. It's a really odd and stand-offish way to start a film, I must admit, and while I suppose in one way I do slightly appreciate its honesty, I think it could have done me a big favour in furthering that honesty.
"This is a…
A film that defies star ratings. Deeply unsettling. I still don't know if I love it, but I do know that it's absolutely brilliant.
Coming off the high of the absolutely splendid Bresson film A Man Escaped, I can't help but feel slightly disappointed by the disconnect I felt with much of Pickpocket. Really though, this four star disappointment is more a compliment to Bresson than an insult, because had this been my introduction to his work I probably would be thrilled with the results.
As this is my second of his works I am getting a feel for his style, and clearly he likes to maintain a strong focus on his main protagonist during much of the running time. Here we follow Michel (played by Martin La Salle) closely as he is released from prison for his work as a thief and he…
So after the overwhelming satisfaction I found with Bresson's A Man Escaped, I immediately dove into his next chronological work Pickpocket. With a brisk 75 minute running time and an intriguing premise, I expected to have the same response that I had with his previous work. Whilst I didn't have the immediate affection for this film as I had for A Man Escaped, I have wrestled with it more after the fact to the point that it is showing it's true colours and I am very eager to watch it again.
With Bresson, one must adjust the way they read and understand film, and it helps to recognise his techniques. He throws convention out the window and strips away what…
A.V. Club review. Try as I might, I can't make the final line reverberate back through the entire film, which is what would need to happen for it to have the ecstatic effect Bresson clearly intends. Had enormous difficulty addressing that very personal reaction in the review while simultaneously acknowledging Pickpocket's importance and the fact that many people consider its ending one of cinema's greatest, which is one of several reasons why I think a blanket ban on the use of first person is wrongheaded. (Hi various editors!)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'll start by talking about the scenes depicting the actual pickpocketing, which even THE BOOK notes are unlike any thievery scene ever filmed. It's truly amazing how intricate these scenes are and how Bresson was able to capture such excitement in these scenes. Is it true that the second pickpocket Michel meets at the bar was actually a magician or something, who also served as an advisor on the film, showing the filmmakers how to actually do these jobs? It seems that they'd have to have SOMEBODY on set to show them just how to make this stuff look genuine. What I didn't like about the movie is how we're never allowed to get very close to the character of…
If Albert Camus had made a film, this would be what it would look like: existential, bleak, minimalist, and thrilling. The character study of a man compelled to theft originally by necessity but eventually becomes an obsession, Pickpocket is an outstanding artwork. Everything about this film could almost be described as perfect, from its pacing, editing, the use of restrained emotional performances, and the incredibly meticulous and skilled cinematography. A must see, absolutely recommended.
Projected at home with Maxim on DVD.
A thoughtful and idea packed film, that made the most of its limited running time. Its use of an almost entirely amateur cast was a bold choice, and one that worked wonderfully.
What a surprising discovery this film was. So sparse and bare; almost totally lacking in ornamentation. Instead, what we get is a film dedicated in the pursuit of its message, that of the measures we can resort to when driven entirely by ennui. In fact, what it reminded me most of was The Stranger, a book which strongly overlaps the themes I found here.
This film is filled with the same sort of existential crisis that Albert Camus was exploring, and shares a similar focus on essentially anonymous…
Thrilling, thoughtful and bleak.
much too cold and rigid for my taste. maybe it wouldn't seem so bad if it was in colour...
Una película muy interesante y me ha gustado, aunque justo me hayan birlado la cartera hace tres días. La he visto porque tengo que preparar un corto sobre un robo de este estilo, así que me he fijado en lo visual puramente. Me atrevo a decir que la película 'Following' de Christopher Nolan esta fuertemente influenciada por esta cinta, el tono de la película es muy similar y la voz en off narrando todos los hechos lo deja mas que claro. Me impresiona que esta película haya envejecido tan bien, la verdad es que pienso que esta muy bien grabada y montada. La historia es bastante interesante, pero más interesante aun es el hecho de que los protagonistas no eran actores, y la verdad es que a veces se nota pero en general muy bien, de apariencia me parecen perfectos, el protagonista tiene pinta de ser un hombre muy interesante.
Una película bastante entretenida y breve.
Bresson is like a cinematic detox. Some in LA might say he's like a juice cleanse, but really that's just starving yourself; Bresson gives you room to fill yourself back up. Maybe his films are like a self-cleaning oven. Just turn it on, sit back, and all the junk stuck in your brain is burned away.
This review is already too wordy and overstuffed for Bresson. Should have just said:
I know that I've seen this before, but Bresson is a director you must visit in every phase of your film-watching life. I don't think I'd seen this since undergrad, and its elemental power has only grown as I've aged. Watching Bresson should be requirement for every screenwriter, as so often we try to enhance and expand our work when what we really need to do is simplify it until its essence comes into clear view.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…