Friday, June 7, 2013


Director Sam Fuller's masterpiece PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET is now sixty years old, but it's lost none of its punch. In some ways, this cynical story of a pickpocket (Richard Widmark) and a prostitute (Jean Peters) who try to navigate a maze of cops and Commies is more pungent and thrilling than ever. Two of noir's greatest antiheroes in one of the best movies of the 1950s--but given the current headlines about domestic spying, Fuller's cynicism seems uniquely fitted for our times.

Check out my new essay on the film over at Criminal Element.

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