See this film retrospective: The Complete Robert Bresson @ the HFA

Pickpocket (1959)

His films blow through the over-produced pabulum of most current cinema like a brisk, purifying breeze. The Harvard Film Archive opens its massive month-long retrospective The Complete Robert Bresson with Pickpocket ( 1959; 7 pm + January 22 at 5 pm), a meticulously detailed portrait of a young man learning the title trade that is both a how-to masterpiece and an existential enigma. It's paired with Bresson's first feature, Angels of the Streets (1942; 9 pm), a drama about female prisoners seeking rehabilitation at a convent which he shot in Nazi-occupied France after he was himself just released from an 18-month stint in a German POW camp. That's Friday, January 20 at the Harvard Film Archive in the Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge | $9; $7 students, seniors | 617.495.4700 or

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