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Really great thread Peachy. Nice thoughts on The Big Heat --Keep em' coming!

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I *so* agree. I came out of A Man Escaped utterly invigorated. I was like "THIS. THIS IS HOW MINIMALISM SHOULD BE USED." And it was with this enthusiasm that I went into Pickpocket, and found it (as you say) dull


Yup. We had the exact same reaction to both movies. I still want to check out more Bresson because A Man Escaped really is something special. Have you seen anything else by him?

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I don't find Pickpocket dull at all. It's definitely a slow, quiet movie, but the opening scenes are probably the slowest and the quietest. Obviously I can't speak for anybody else, but the effect for me was to calibrate my expectations. Sort of like the razor blade in the eyeball.

Pickpocket is basically a retelling of Dostoyevsky's favorite story type, about the jaded loner who lives in a hovel and engages in random, aberrant acts. I've always been drawn to those kinds of character studies. Pickpocket would probably be my favorite iteration of that story, if Taxi Driver didn't exist. Mishima is basically an other-side-of-the-coin telling of that story--the difference being that the same problems drove the character to excellence rather than aberration, and his aberrant acts were ultimately against himself rather than everyone else.

How do you guys feel about Diary of a Country Priest?


As mentioned, I haven't seen anything else by him, but plan on checking stuff out. Diary of a Country Priest and the donkey movie seem like the next logical steps. Thoughts on either?

As for the jaded loner who hates the world sort of stories, they're something I usually love too. The other movies you mention are both near and dear to my heart. I read a little about Pickpocket beforehand, knew a little about what I was getting into, and was completely prepared for it to be the best (or one of) movie that I saw during this little experiment. Instead, it'll likely be one of the worst (more because of the other movies I'm watching than it being outright bad). It's a genuine bummer. I can't really argue with your stance, I just felt the movie didn't earn its resolution and that the style didn't work with the story. I don't mind slow and quiet at all in a movie, I just didn't think it worked here.

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Really great thread Peachy. Nice thoughts on The Big Heat --Keep em' coming!


Hey, thanks! I will keep them coming. In fact, after I drop a moderate-to-large deuce, I'm going to write the next one!


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PeachyPete wrote:
Hey, thanks! I will keep them coming. In fact, after I drop a moderate-to-large deuce, I'm going to write the next one!


Peachy, I think its safe to say that you've broken some kind of record for the world's longest (in terms of time) deuce.

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looking forward to more reviews. are they on your blog?


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