The Pawnbroker

The Pawnbroker

Director: Sidney Lumet
Country: USA

1964 | 116 min. | English
Subtitles: German
FSK | Nicht geprüft / No clearance (18+)

Cast_ Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez, Thelma Oliver Screenplay_ Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin Camera_ Boris Kaufman Producer_ Roger H. Lewis, Philip Langner Rights_ Park Circus

The trauma of the Holocaust. A victim closes himself off from the world. Rod Steiger’s devastating, virtuoso performance from the 1960s.

Jewish immigrant Sol Nazerman is a pawnbroker in New York. He lives a secluded life, coming off as reserved and dismissive. Traumatized by his horrific experiences in a concentration camp, he is haunted by unspeakably painful memories. He views the world with contempt. This perspective, however, begins to crumble after he witnesses a series of dramatic incidents. - Carried by the performance of Method actor Rod Steiger and by Sidney Lumet’s precise direction, ›The Pawnbroker‹ is considered a ground-breaking work. Its unsparing portrayal of a Holocaust experience challenged viewers and censors alike.


Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) was one of the most important US filmmakers of the 20th century. His works include ›12 Angry Men‹ (1957), ›Fail-Safe‹ (1964), ›Serpico‹ (1973), ›Dog Day Afternoon‹ (1976) and ›Prince of the City‹ (1981). In 2004 he received the honorary Oscar for his life’s work.


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