The Pawnbroker + Q&A 12

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This film was last shown on 26 January 2017

Sidney Lumet’s landmark film was one of the first American films to address the Holocaust through the eyes of a survivor. Set in East Harlem, Rod Steiger is Sol, a Jewish Pawnbroker who witnessed the death of his family in Nazi death camps. Startlingly shot in black and white with an atmospheric jazz tapestry score from Quincy Jones, The Pawnbroker is highly influenced by the French New Wave of the early sixties. Dark and haunting, part thriller, part melodrama: Flashbacks expose personal tragedy, and the effect of memory and trauma on the human psyche against the backdrop of post war New York City.

This screening will feature a Q & A session with Professor Sue Vice from the University of Sheffield and is in conjunction with the Sheffield Equality Hub Network.

Sidney Lumet
116 mins
Brock Peters, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Rod Steiger


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