ninad, mukul, sonal, ranjit and me sat and saw two films today. the first was robert bresson’s ‘pickpocket’. i had seen ‘l’argent’ and ‘mouchette’ before and this film was also similar with its taut precise tone following a man who chooses to commit crimes because he believes he should be allowed to. i loved the general tone of the film, like i had of the other two films; and the smooth choreography of the pickpocketing sequences.
the heroine of fassbinders’ ‘the marriage of maria braun’ reminded me of the madonna of her ‘true blue’ period. the same kind of hard headed simple ambition and chutzpah as she uses her beauty and her intelligence to achieve what she sets out to do (for the sake of her missing husband). cool quote: “i'm a master of deceit: a capitalist tool by day, and by night an agent of the proletarian masses - the mata hari of the economic miracle.”
both great films, by the way.