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Winter/spring 2009
January 27

Pickpocket

The Band's Visit - still photosFrance 1959, 75 min, drama
Director: Robert Bresson

If any filmmaker can best be described as a director’s director, it must surely be Robert Bresson. Although he made only 13 films in a 40-year career and never knew great commercial success, Bresson has been cited as a major influence by directors from Andrei Tarkovsky and Jean-Luc Godard to Jim Jarmusch and Martin Scorsese. Released in the same year as Godard’s Breathless and filmed on the same sun-dappled Parisian streets, Bresson’s redemptive tale of of a young thief is widely considered his masterpiece.

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The film will be preceded by a brief introduction by sreenwriter-driector Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Auto Focus) in which he discusses Bresson’s methods and influence on his own work.

LINKS

»  Wikipedia entry.
»  Review by Roger Ebert.

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