Pierre the Pickpocket

Among filmmaker Pierre Etaix’s many eclectic accomplishments is his appearance as one of the thieves in Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket . However, you probably won’t be able to spot him: all that’s left of his performance is one of his hands, surreptitiously filching a wallet. In this exclusive interview clip, not available in Criterion’s new Pierre Etaix collection, Etaix vividly recounts how, so early in his career, he came to be a bit player in Bresson’s masterpiece. Among the many details we love: Bresson and Jacques Tati would stop for friendly chats, and Bresson enjoyed chewing gum and mint soda!

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