PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

Director: Samuel Fuller

Year: 1953

Running time: 80 Minutes

Format: DCP

Screening times:

• Friday, March 27 – 10:00pm

• Saturday, March 28 – 5:00pm

• Sunday, March 29 – 6:00pm

A simple tale of a pickpocket unwittingly lifting a message destined for enemy agents and then becoming a target for a Communist spy ring, Pickup on South Street’s barebones structure belies how much it actually does. The setting, Robert Moses’ 1950s New York, is deeply compelling to look at, and the script has Joe McDonald’s camera careening all over town. The story’s focus, on the city’s bottom feeders getting in way over their heads, is nuanced and smart. Richard Widmark scares the living shit out of everyone he runs into, and Thelma Ritter is unforgettable. Pickup on South Street never lets up for a second. Economical and bombastic, it’s prime Fuller.