Pickpocket (France, Bresson, 1959)
Robert Bresson, one of the great French precursors of the New Wave, made films that managed to reach the spiritual through a rigorous anchoring in the material world. The hypnotic recurrence of objects, gestures, sounds and “models” (his term for actors) fills Bresson’s films, a resolutely modern world shorn of traditional cultural moorings, leaving characters adrift yet searching. Adapted from Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Pickpocket transforms the meticulous criminal craft into visual ballet, a startling appreciation of the beauty of manual work.
Speaker: Maggie Smith is a quantitative criminologist with the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics at John Jay College who teaches courses in statistics and philosophy. Her ongoing major projects include the analysis of the sexual abuse of minors by adults in the context of social institutions and the function of identification in the structure of human agency.
Doors open at 6pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
PSC-CUNY Union Hall