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Sidney Lumet’s THE PAWNBROKER starring ROD STEIGER, with BROCK PETERS, JAIME SANCHEZ, GERALDINE FITZGERALD, RAYMOND ST, JACQUES AND RENI SANTONI

Artistically and thematically, Sidney Lumet's THE PAWNBROKER is a significant film as one of the first Hollywood movies to deal with the Holocaust and to do it in an innovative style that borrows devices from the French New Wave.
Rod Steiger plays Sol Nazerman, a middle-aged survivor of Nazi persecution, who has lost his entire family and now runs a pawnshop in Harlem. That he has remained alive is a source of bewilderment, guilt, and pain. Having lost faith in God and humanity, Sol is emotionless and totally removed from the world that surrounds his run-down shop.
All of Sol's present encounters are shaped by his anguished past, beginning with his assistant Jesus Ortiz (Jaime Sanchez). Social worker Marilyn Birchfield (Geraldine Fitzgerald) tries to get through Sol's icy exterior but to no avail. Initially, the more people try to reach out to Sol, the more he becomes cruel and offensive to them. Hence, efforts by Jesus (note the symbolic name) to learn the trade from boss Sol result in violent outbursts.
Sol is involved in a peculiar affair with Tessie (Marketta Kimbrell), a fellow camp survivor whose husband was a victim of Nazi atrocities. Their torment seems to be the only thing that keeps them together.
Lumet directs the movie in a gritty, raw style, a byproduct of the French New Wave. To represent the disturbing, unrelenting flashes of Sol's memory, THE PAWNBROKER uses flashbacks in an innovative way: Ace lenser Boris Kaufman presents them as black-and-white quick cuts that last only a fraction of a second. Kaufman’s camera is an emotional participant in THE PAWNBROKER: this is never more exemplified than at his shop, where he is behind bars, often in shadow, while humanity moves outside, sometimes pleading with him, sometimes just wishing to make an emotional contact to no avail.
Rising to the occasion, Rod Steiger renders a towering, Oscar-nominated performance as the volatile survivor, a powder keg of hateful remembrances, who has become detached and remote in the modern world. He embodies the ageless wondering Jew, the lonely outcast, who can't adjust to normal life. Dark and haunting, “The Pawnbroker” is a drama of a man who has eschewed involvement and compassion, living a barren, rootless life, and is in desperate need for redemption. This has to be seen by any serious lover of movies. The last scene, done in one continuous take, is heartbreaking, Sol finally getting in touch with the pain he has buried so deeply. Gut wrenching stuff.

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