Film Noir 2020
- Pickup on South Street
- Samuel Fuller
- 80 DCP
“The most claustrophobic American film before Psycho, and the finest distillation of Fuller’s tabloid sensibility.”Charles Taylor, Village Voice
A lurid drama set in a malevolent New York, Pickup on South Street is a chief exemplar of the brutally kinetic cinema of pulp-fiction primitive Sam Fuller (House of Bamboo, The Naked Kiss). Richard Widmark is “three-time loser” Skip McCoy, a pickpocket who finds himself dangerously embroiled in Cold War espionage when he inadvertently lifts some microfilm from the purse of Candy (Jean Peters), former mistress of a Red spy. The action unfolds in a sensationally shadowy, shabby universe of subways, waterfronts, and seedy rooms. Thelma Ritter, as lovable stool-pigeon Moe — “What do I know about Commies? Nothing. I just know I don't like them.” — earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting role. “A superb thriller ... A desperate kind of masterpiece” (Time Out).
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