Pickup on South Street
Archival 35mm Print
Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter,
In one of the greatest film noirs of all time, Fuller takes aim “at the idiocy of the Cold War climate of the fifties,” managing to irk Herbert Hoover and leftist French critics with “a movie about small time crooks . . . struggling to survive . . . abiding by their own unwritten code of ethics.” Candy (Jean Peters), pickpocket Skip (Richard Widmark), and Moe (Thelma Ritter) are honest criminals who get caught between the cops and a Communist plot. The sublime scenes of Skip plying his trade are recognizable inspiration for Robert Bresson in Pickpocket (1959).