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Film still from PICKPOCKET: Two hands touching with their fingertips.

Sun 14.07.

  • Director

    Robert Bresson

  • France / 1959
    76 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender

Michel is a pickpocket in Paris, perfecting his technique every day to become an artist in his trade. Like Raskolnikov in Dostoyevsky's novel "Crime and Punishment", he is convinced that certain people have the right to disobey the law. He puts forward this thesis both to the detective inspector who suspects him and to Jeanne, whose love he initially does not return. Bresson's rigorous staging, achieved through reduction and concentration, had a formative influence on a wide range of directors. The film also became famous for its artistic montage. The highlight is a train station scene, in which several thieves work together - a virtuoso ballet of grasping and reaching hands, moving, and disappearing objects. (bik)

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media