#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Michel takes up picking pockets as a hobby, and is arrested almost immediately, giving him the chance to reflect on the morality of crime. After his release, though, his mother dies, and he rejects the support of friends Jeanne and Jacques in favour of returning to pickpocketing (after taking lessons from an expert), because he realises that it’s the only way he can express himself…
Plot: Michel takes up pickpocketing on a lark and is arrested soon after. His mother dies shortly after his release, and despite the objections of his only friend, Jacques, and his mother’s neighbor Jeanne, Michel teams up with a couple of petty thieves in order to improve his craft. With a police inspector keeping an eye on him, Michel also tries to get a straight job, but the temptation to steal is hard to resist.
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The pain of solitude
* Do you feel lonely ? -Bresson : very lonely . Very but I don’t like it to be lone !!
It would be hard for a regular movie-watcher , some one who just watches for fun , to like the movies made by formalist , strictly stylist director , Robert Bresson . But when we are aware of his elaborate work and subtlety , we admire his skill , undoubtedly .
Pickpocket ( 1959 ) , is one his best and most thoughtful films and has a key role in recognizing both Bresson and his works .
Pickpocket is about an alone and desperate writer who think of himself as a superior to the society ; He thinks he is better than others and believes to be in the right of breaking the rules and neglecting the social Contract .
He defines justice for himself as ” some people have the privilege to break the laws , willingly ” . He feels humiliated to do regular jobs and thus , begins pocket picking .
And from one of the most basic elements of the story , i.e. main character , there is a gap , a distance , between us ( audience ) and the film . In fact , because of non-naturalistic quality of the plot , we can’t sympathize with him ; and what makes him even more distant , is the Bresson’s personal touch and fond of “deadpan acting and not showing emotions ” . Bresson says himself that ” if possible , he prefers to utilize an image , a sound , and any other elements ( and metaphors ) instead of actors ” . He wants the actors ( as a matter of fact he uses non-professional actors after his second movie ) to act deliberately and be aware of a witness called camera . In other words he wants them ” not to act ” .
In this movie , the cast and specially the hero are totally flat and expressionless ; even his walking style is sort of flat . But we can’t reject his way of acting ( in fact , not acting ) . There is a deep coldness in this style of performance which makes it surprisingly and paradoxically acceptable and fits well in the world of the movie ; particularly , sympathetic face of the main character which increases contributes in this plausibility .
The cinematography , lighting and playing with shadows and lights in this movie is truly delicate and these factors in addition to a cold open and sort of suspension , forms the idea of a thriller movie . Yes ! Suspension is a key factor here ; and not a regular kind of suspension ; but a Bresson type .
Even , some think that sound editing in this movie , decrease the suspension in some scenes and increase it in some other scenes . For example , in some occasions , a sound or noise , inform us of the occurrence of an incident ; or repeating a sound in another scene can mitigate the effect of suspension . Also there is a scene in which the main character is walking anxiously in a crowded sidewalk ; we can not hear the sounds , the street noise and even the cars ; the only sound is his footsteps , which makes suspension .
It is true that use of music is not considerable in this film , but we can’t renounce the sound effects here .
Another point is that Bresson never lets the main character to show fear and anxiety ( unlike Hitchcock who loves to do so ) ; instead he depends on images and sounds to supply the fear : sound of footsteps , images of shaking hands and cold faces ( the opening scene ) , door handle turned quietly and actually anything .
There are some references to” Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment” ; like the basic similarities between the heroes : Michel and Raskolnikov who both tend to commit crimes ; both being lonely and isolated and even the hole behind Michel’s bed he use to hide the stolen valuable goods ( like Dostoyevsky’s hero ) . Knowing these references , is a suspension itself ; some kind of fear .
Yes ! most of the times , we don’t have music ; the music remains silent , and waits ; ( something unusual in those days of film-making ) ; yet , this small appearance of music , is fitting and timely . There is no such a thing as spare scenes or excess dialog in this movie ; everything is in its right place and for those who can’t comprehend the non- naturalistic structure of the film , and can not accept fears , anxiety , and emotional disturbances of this cold hero , Bresson arranges the famous final scene in which the main character redeems through love ; with music !! Now , let us come back to the QA we had at the beginning of this article ; we see Bresson , lonely like the hero of his film ; self-consciously tries to break the rules ( another kind of rules ) ; and has a style of his own ! And make us to admire his mastership and loneliness !
simple is as simple does, which includes stealing and living an isolated life
Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket has many great moments, even as it didn’t quite do it for me on a first viewing as a ‘masterpiece'(some have said to see it twice, perhaps I will). Bresson’s use of the camera is often intoxicating in the most subdued, subtle, in-direct distinctions; at times it does take on the prowess of literature. But my only minor nitpick with the film is that it leaves a sort of cold viewing on a viewer, with such simplicity and emotions stripped from the character(s) that it’s hard to connect. And yet, this is really made up tenfold with the sort of style that can be likely called Bressonian; straightforward angles, tense medium close-ups, serene editing, and little to no music.
Whatever it sets up for this actor to do, it sets up well. Indeed, the actor who plays the protagonist here is actually very good, aside from the disconnection, and provides an excellent way for us to get along his side. He is a decent person, but there are certain things that get to him, which is why he feels he must steal. At times I almost had a grin as he made some successful grabs, by himself or his cohorts. Was I rooting for him, or just pleased by the pay-off of Bresson’s suspense? Maybe both; there is definitely one truly virtuoso sequence in the film, when the pickpockets go on the train.
Like A Man Escaped, there is that sort of dissection, quietly and without really digging too deep, into what a man wants with his life, or doesn’t want. While the hero has only one determination in Man Escaped, to get out, Pickpocket has a man who doesn’t know what to do with himself, only coming to a genuine catharsis behind bars. I think I like Pickpocket a little more, but I may like it even more on another viewing.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 16 min (76 min), 1 hr 19 min (79 min) (Argentina), 1 hr 17 min (77 min) (1965) (Finland)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Robert Bresson
Writer Robert Bresson
Actors Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri
Awards 1 win & 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory Franstudio, Saint-Maurice, France, Laboratoires Franay Tirages Cinematographiques (LTC), Paris, France
Film Length 2,100 m (1965) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP), 35 mm