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Aero Theatre | Robert Bresson: An American Cinematheque Retrospective
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PICKPOCKET, 1959, Janus Films, 75 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson.
Loosely based on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Bresson’s terse, intense portrait of a compulsive pickpocket (Martin LaSalle) who believes himself above the moral constraints of common humanity turns the act of thievery into a ritual at once erotic and aesthetic. The “ballets of thievery,” as Jean Cocteau called them, are stunningly choreographed and edited.
A GENTLE WOMAN, 1969, Paramount, 88 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson.
Based on a short story by Dostoevsky, A GENTLE WOMAN features the screen debut of Dominique Sanda (THE CONFORMIST), whom the director discovered. A balefully beautiful account of the marriage between the woman of the title (Sanda) and a pawnbroker (Guy Frangin) whose introspectiveness masks his sadistic nature. Bresson’s protagonist can escape her domestic hell only through death – either her husband’s or her own.
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