Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, May 12, 2012
7:30pm

THE POETRY OF PRECISION: A ROBERT BRESSON RETROSPECTIVE
Double Feature!
PICKPOCKET / L’ARGENT
Presented in collaboration with Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Institut français, and the French Film and TV office of the French Consulate in Los Angeles.
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. In French with English subtitles.


New 35mm Print!

L’ARGENT
1983, Janus Films, 85 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson

Transposing a Tolstoy novella to a contemporary Paris composed of Vermeer-like visuals, Bresson turns his last film into a terse and chilling indictment of capitalism and modernity. A young man (Christian Patey) unwittingly passes a counterfeit bill, his crime setting off an “avalanche of evil” that leads to mass murder and, finally, to expiation. In French with English subtitles.


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Sat, May 12, 2012 • 7:30pm

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