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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.
The Pawnbroker arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. This transfer brings out the best of Boris Kaufman's stunning cinematography. The black and white image is bright and clear with sharp, focused edges and a fantastic amount of fine detail. That detail is present in nearly every scene, and it helps show a remarkable difference in the three stages of Sol's life. Sidney Lumet and Boris Kaufman utilize extreme close-ups quite a bit of the time, and those reveal superb fine detail. There is a high level of contrast throughout, with deep inky blacks. Grains are present. Olive Films has done a great job in this great looking transfer for a film that certainly deserves one. (4.5/5)
The Pawnbroker's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track offers a clear accounting of the dialogue, with great detail and clarity, while also playing up the fantastic score from Quincy Jones. The score is presented in a surprisingly rich and deep manner. You may recognize iconic tune Soul Bossa Nova, which is utilized as a source cue during a love scene. (4/5)
This is a very powerful movie and one of the first films to deal with the effects of Nazi Germany's concentration camps on their survivors. Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger), operator of a pawn shop, and a concentration camp survivor faces a horrid internal conflict. Now he only cares for money and is engulfed in a New York ghetto Environment, haunted by daydreams, actually flashbacks from the period of the concentration camp. The other character in the film includes Sol’s young ambitious Latino assistant Jesus Ortez (Jaime Sanchez), whose association with local gangster Rodrigues (Brock Peters), and Sol’s attitude, ultimately led to his own tragic end.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a comfortable film to watch but brilliantly acted. Probably the first true dramatic holocaust film made.Published 10 months ago by Cedric George Gannet
A magnificent and shocking film that has stayed with me for years. The bluray transfer is superb for a 1964 black and whiter.Grim with a touch of redemption in the final scene.Published 12 months ago by N. M. Fletcher
Please ignore the previous incorrect information about this release posted by tarallems. This Olive Films Blu Ray release of 'The Pawnbroker' has the film shown in its CORRECT... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Pauley
4 1/2 stars: I never saw this movie at the time of its initial release, so it's long past time -- 50 years -- that I caught up with it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stanley Crowe
has anyone else noticed ? this film was never shot in wide screen Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1 ?? so how do they do it ? Read morePublished on 7 May 2014 by tarallems
My error- I failed to notice that it was B&W, so returned, it was inappropriate for a group who would have been viewing it.Published on 14 Dec. 2013 by jill walker
I saw this film back in the60th. And I remember a feeling of (again): what a crime there happened under the 2.WW. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2013 by Jens Brandt