The Pawnbroker (US - DVD R1 | BD RA)
Olive Films has news on their Blu-ray and DVD of this Sidney Lumet classic...
Starring: Rod Steiger
Released: 22nd April 2014
SRP: $29.95, $19.95
Quote: Olive Films releases one of the landmarks of American cinema,
The Pawnbrokeron Blu-ray and DVD April 22nd. Directed by Academy Award® winner (Honorary Award 2005) Sidney Lumet ( 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon) and released in 1964, it was the first cinematic exploration of the darkest memories and feelings of a Holocaust survivor. Filmed in stark black and white, it was also the first film approved by the Production Code that contained nudity. Newly remastered in HD (1.85:1, 1080p) for this release,
The Pawnbrokeris also being honored with a special screening as part of the 2014 TCM Film Festival.
Rod Steiger ( In the Heat of the Night) earned a 1965 Best Actor Oscar nomination for his stunning performance as Sol Nazerman, a survivor of a WWII Nazi death camp where his wife, parents and children were murdered. His soul robbed of hope, he takes refuge in misery and a bitter condemnation of humanity while managing a Harlem pawnshop subjected to an endless parade of prostitutes, pimps and thieves. Jamie Sanchez ( The Wild Bunch) plays Ortiz, Sol’s underprivileged and idealistic assistant who dreams of a better life.
The Pawnbrokerfeatures evocative black-and-white cinematography by the great Boris Kaufman ( On the Waterfront), a memorable jazz-influenced score by the legendary composer/producer Quincy Jones and a stellar supporting cast also including Geraldine Fitzgerald ( Wuthering Heights), Brock Peters ( To Kill a Mockingbird), Raymond St. Jacques ( Cotton Comes to Harlem) as well as the debut of a very young Morgan Freeman.
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