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Boston Underground Film Festival • March 21–25

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Thu, Jun 16, 2016

Prime Noir of the 1950sRepertory Series ArchiveStaff Picks (past events)

Pickup on South Street

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(1953) dir Samuel Fuller w/Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley [83 min; DCP]
In PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET, Widmark plays Skip, a thief who chooses the wrong pocket to pick and winds up with a seriously valuable piece of microfilm. Stuck between the feds and the Commies, Skip finds an unlikely ally in the original courier of the film, a young woman named Candy (Peters).

“As good as are Widmark, with his proto-Method grin, and Peters, with her tawny, untutored naturalism, this is Thelma Ritter’s movie. She transforms what could have been no more than a colorful eccentric to a figure of unshakable dignity.” – Charles Taylor, Village Voice

“Fuller’s pugnacious direction and his gutter-up view of city life romanticize both the criminal code of honor and the jangling paranoia of global plots; his hard-edged long takes depict underworld cruelty with reportorial wonder…” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

“…may be the archetypal Sam Fuller film, a condensation of his themes and techniques with the steam still rising.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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