Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket Getting A Blu-Ray Upgrade

If you are unable to attend BFI Southbank’s current season Of Sin And Salvation: The Cinema Of Robert Bresson, BFI Distribution will be releasing Pickpocket.

Pickpocket (1959) is one of the most admired, intriguing and influential films by the great French minimalist director Robert Bresson, and next month comes to Blu-ray.

Fans of Bresson films will be excited to know  Two further  films will be released on Blu-ray. The Trial Of Joan Of Arc (1962) and L’Argent (1983) will be released  on 8th August.

The extras for Pickpocket will include a 1971 audio In Conversation with the director, a newly filmed interview with director Paul Schrader and complementary archival films.

PICKPOCKET sees resolute drifter Michel spends his days learning the art of pickpocketing and targeting the unsuspecting citizens of 1950s Paris. After his inevitable arrest (and almost immediate release), Michel reflects on the morality of crime, developing a vague theory that exceptional individuals are above the law. Lost in another world, he rejects his friends in favour of a life of crime and is seemingly set on finding his place in the world by engineering a head-on collision with society.

This film is also a favourite of contemporary directors such as Werner Herzog, Lynne Ramsay and Richard Linklater, and heavily influenced Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.

Special features

  • Presented in High Definition
  • Robert Bresson Q&A (1971, audio only, 47 mins): the director in conversation with John Russell Taylor, recorded on stage at the NFT during the 15th London Film Festival
  • Paul Schrader on Pickpocket (2022, 11 mins): Schrader discusses his relationship with Bresson’s film and how it has influenced him
  • The Models of Pickpocket (2003, 52 mins): Babette Mangolte’s documentary tracks down Pickpocket’s performers to discuss their experiences of working with Bresson
  • Archive shorts: Thefts From Handbags (1961, 1 min): British television spot warning women to watch out for thieves; Snatch of the Day (1975, 1 min): John Krish’s sporty public information film on the tricks of the pickpocketing trade; Four Men in Prison (1950, 41 mins): controversial drama-documentary from the Crown Film Unit using real-life prison situations to address the purpose of incarceration
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reissue trailer (2022)
  • ***First pressing only*** Illustrated booklet featuring an essay by Adrian Martin, a biography of Robert Bresson by Michael Brooke, credits and notes on the special features

France1959 / black and white / 76 minutes / French with English subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.37:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit)

The BFI will release Robert Bresson‘s Pickpocket on Blu-ray from 11th July [order here].