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Pawnbroker [Blu-ray] [1964] [US Import]


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Product details

  • Actors: Brock Peters, Rod Steiger
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2014
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H96KFO4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,109 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nobody VINE VOICE on 9 April 2007
Format: DVD
`The Pawnbroker' was directed in 1965 by: Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men,1957; Serpico, 1973; Dog Day Afternoon, 1974)

The film deals with a Holocaust survivor suffering survivor's guilt after his wife and children died in the camps. He is now experiencing flash-backs to he experiences in the camps. He is clearly a man at war with himself and seeks to isolate himself from the world and people believing only in absolutes. Several people who appear to be lonely and desperate come into the store simply seeking company or help only to turned away by his now cold indifference. Essentially this is a wonderful character study of man who has given up on life believing the world to be cruel and inhumane.

Cinematography on `The Pawnbroker' was by Boris Kaufman the younger brother of Dziga Vertov (Man With A Movie Camera,1929) He had shot perhaps the finest of all poetic realist films, `L'Atalante' (1934, Jean Vigo) as well as `Zero For Conduct' (1933. Jean Vigo). In 1942 he moved to America where he made a name for himself by working with Elia Kazan on `On The Waterfront'(1954)and `Baby Doll' (1956) winning an Oscar for the former. His cinematography had a high contrast monochromatic element to it that can be clearly seen in `The Pawnbroker'. It has the same grittiness that can also be seen in the films of John Cassavettes. Music was composed by Quincy Jones which gives it a sixties Harlem flavour. The film stars the underrated Rod Steiger (On The Waterfront, 1954; In The Heat Of The Night, 1967; Fist Full Of Dynamite, 1972) in the lead role. I found the film well worth watching because it avoids a lot the sentimentality that can be seen in films of this nature.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is not so much film noir (not that it's meant to be) as film gris. The seedy streets and pawn shop in the middle of somewhere downtown New York provide the backdrop for Steiger to play a Jewish man who has lived through the horrors of Nazi Germany, and now finds himself clinging grimly on to his life and business in another ghetto. You can see the workings of this man's mind clearly, even the flashbacks he's getting of the atrocities of the past, behind the increasingly ashen colour of his face as the plot unfolds. The tributes go to Steiger - this must be one of his most impressive performances in his portrayal of the psychological make up of the damaged Sol Nazerman, and Sidney Lumet whose direction is quite innovative in the Hollywood context of its time. His use of flashback is at first almost subliminal and adds greatly to the sense of turmoil in Nazerman's mind, not just revealing his past but showing us that the trauma is still with him and spilling over into his current life. Some people are bothered by the soundtrack, which is a little odd at times but didn't worry me greatly; I was more disappointed by a slightly weak ending, but by then the point has been made and the performance given which in this case are the most important elements.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. WILLIAMS on 1 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
None other than Rod Steiger himself believed this to be not only his favourite film but also one of his finest pieces of acting and perhaps that was why HE was nominated for the Best Actor Nomination at the 1965 Oscar Awards even though he didn't win.In The Pawnbroker he plays the part of Sol Nazerman a holocaust survivor who now owns a pawnbrokers shop in a ghetto in Harlem. Sol despises everyone, all his customers and he treats them with contempt.He has flashbacks to life in the Concentration Camps where his family, his wife and children perished.Sol has given-up on humanity after what he has seen humanity is capable of doing to each other? His shop is used as a money-launderers for local Crime Boss Rodriguez(Brock Peters) for a cut of what is exchanged;MONEY, Sol tells his assistant Ortiz(Jaime Sanchez)is the only thing in life that matters to him NOW!However when Ortiz lays his life on the line for Sol, he at once has the chance to see that all is NOT lost, that there IS still goodness in people but sadly at an expensive price? Brilliantly directed by Sidney Lumet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Yates on 30 Nov. 2013
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Rod Steiger was a great screen actor and Sidney Lumet a great director. But I don't think either of them ever bettered this tumultuous tale of an embittered concentration camp victim whose family have been murdered and whose humanity has been drowned. The film is technically innovative, using flashbacks that are almost subliminal. But the heart of it is emotional and moral and it never fails to grip. For me, it's one of the greatest films ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ndf on 27 Dec. 2012
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A superb film in all respects. The characters were strongly built and the atmosphere so moody at all times. Being in black and white helped with the overall feel and the story moved well introducing new characters and building towards an inevitably trajic finale.
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