• The Pawnbroker

    1964. USA. Sidney Lumet. 115 min.

Friday, June 6, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Pawnbroker

    1964. USA. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Screenplay by David Friedkin, Morton Fine, based on the novel by Edward Lewis Wallant. Music by Quincy Jones. With Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters. In the performance of his career, Steiger is Sol Nazerman, a Jewish survivor of the Nazi death camps who, tormented and alone, allows his Spanish Harlem pawnshop to become a front for a ruthless crime kingpin. Lumet's use of flashbacks and expressionistic imagery has been described by one critic as "both brutal and stirring, disruptive and cathartic"—qualities that also distinguish Quincy Jones's score, his first in Hollywood and arguably his most brilliant. Nazerman's haunted visions of the past are rendered with dissonant classical harp and harpsichord, while his present-day alienation and painful awakening to his own humanity are underscored by an urgent and unnerving modern Latin sound. 115 min.

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