Director's Series: A Month With Sidney Lumet - The Pawnbroker.
Lumet delivers one of the great American films dealing with the after effects of the Holocaust on its survivors. Rod Steiger delivers an amazing performance, unlike any other in American cinema.
This film uses all of the tools of the trade, acting, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing and its soundtrack to tell the story of Sol Nazerman, a pawnbroker in a bleak Harlem in New York City.
The screenplay is by Morton Fine and David Friedkin from the novel by Edward Lewis Wallant.
Cinematography by Boris Kaufman. Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum. The music is by Quincy Jones.
There is nothing like this film in American cinema. The theme of alienation is in every frame of the film.
Sol Nazerman lives a life of mental torment and self-pity, daily in New York City as he struggles and staggers through life after a spiritual death suffered in the concentration camps.
Rod Steiger received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.