The Pawnbroker [Blu-ray]

The Pawnbroker [Blu-ray]

 Cast: Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald
, Jaime Sanchez
Jaime Sanchez
, Brock Peters
Brock Peters
, Thelma Oliver
Thelma Oliver
The Pawnbroker [Blu-ray]

The Pawnbroker [Blu-ray]

 Cast: Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald
, Jaime Sanchez
Jaime Sanchez
, Brock Peters
Brock Peters
, Thelma Oliver
Thelma Oliver

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"The Pawnbroker" is the dark exploration into the soul of a man who is tortured by the unbearable pain of his past. In order to most effectively reveal his character, rather than relying on a traditional plot sequence, the film carefully extracts the events of a few days in the life of Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger). A man who survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps but lost his wife and children, Nazerman is now alone, cold, embittered, and completely without faith in God or humanity. With indifference, he operates a pawnshop in New York's Spanish Harlem as a front for Rodriguez (Brock Peters), a black pimp and slumlord. Despite the continued efforts of his assistant, Jesus Ortiz (Jaime Sanchez), and a determined social worker, Marilyn Birchfield (Geraldine Fitzgerald), to break through his impenetrable walls, Nazerman remains detached and emotionless. This total noninvolvement extends to his loveless affair with Tessie (Marketa Kimbrell), a woman who lost her husband in the camps and whose father, Mendel (Baruch Lumet) disapproves of their current relationship. Flashbacks triggered by current daily events provide more detail of Nazerman's past, some which are so quick and disturbing as to be borderline subliminal. The most explicit flashback occurs when Ortiz's girlfriend, a black prostitute (Thelma Oliver) enters the shop to pawn a gold locket and bare her breasts to him hoping to increase his offered price. For Nazerman this causes pain, as it only reminds him of being forced to watch his wife raped by Nazi officers. Ortiz, the young, exuberant, lovable Puerto Rican assistant, continues to wear away at Nazerman's defenses, seeking some kind of emotional response. When Nazerman snaps back in thoughtless cruelty, Ortiz retaliates by arranging a robbery of the pawn shop. Nazerman's refusal to submit to the robbers results in gunfire, with Ortiz selflessly taking the bullet meant for his employer. His dying breath in the arms of Nazerman is at last the only thing the young man has done which breaks the stone barrier around the older man's heart, and evokes an expression of tenderness. Filmed in stark black-and-white,"The Pawnbroker" is a harshly realistic vision. Steiger's portrayal of an insensitive miser was pegged as anti-Semitic, civil rights organizations objected to Peter's totally unscrupulous character, and the Legion of Decency condemned the film based on Oliver's partial nudity scene. Nonetheless, the film received recognition from numerous critics' groups and Steiger, in what was his first starring role, picked up "Best Actor" honors from both the Berlin International Film Festival and the British Academy Awards.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2014
UPC: 0887090076401
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Olive
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Language: English
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 14,369

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Sol Nazerman
Geraldine Fitzgerald Marilyn Birchfield
Jaime Sanchez Jesus Ortiz
Brock Peters Rodriguez
Thelma Oliver Ortiz's Girl
Marketa Kimbrell Tessie
Baruch Lumet Mendel
Juano Hernandez Mr. Smith
Linda Geiser Ruth
Nancy R. Pollack Bertha
Raymond St. Jacques Tangee
John McCurry Buck
Charles Dierkop Robinson
Eusebia Cosme Mrs. Ortiz
Warren Finnerty Savarese
Jack Ader Morton
E.M. Margolese Papa
Marianne Kanter Joan
Ed Morehouse Robinson
Marc Alexander Rubin
Nancy Pollock Bertha
Reni Santoni Actor
Quincy Jones Composer

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Philip Langner Producer
Roger Lewis Producer
Worthington Miner Executive Producer
David Friedkin Screenwriter
Morton Fine Screenwriter
Ely Landau Producer
Morton S. Fine Screenwriter
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
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