Location: Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater
Pickup on South Street
(Samuel Fuller, 1953, 80 min, USA, English, 35mm)
Petty crook Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) has his eyes fixed on the big score. When the cocky three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy (Jean Peters), he finds a more spectacular haul than he could have imagined: a strip of microfilm bearing confidential U.S. information. Tailed by manipulative Feds and the unwitting courier’s Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption, right against Red, and passion against self-preservation. With its dazzling cast and writer-director Samuel Fuller’s signature hard-boiled repartee and raw energy, Pickup on South Street is a true film noir classic by one of America’s most passionate cinematic craftspeople. Screened in 35mm.
“Deliriously hard-boiled noir.” – J. Hoberman, New York Review of Books
“A work of reverberating complexity, wrapped up to look like a candy bar.” – Lucy Sante, Current
“Fuller's pugnacious direction and his gutter-up view of city life romanticize both the criminal code of honor and the jangling paranoia of global plots; his hard-edged long takes depict underworld cruelty with reportorial wonder.” – Richard Bordy, New Yorker
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