Lumet told The New York Times in an interview during the filming that, "The irony of the film is that he finds more life here than anywhere. It's outside Harlem , in housing projects , office buildings, even the Long Island suburbs, everywhere we show on the screen—that everything is conformist, sterile, dead.
The film used flashbacks to reveal Nazerman's backstory. A recent commentator observed that the film "is uniquely American, with its harsh, unforgiving depiction of New York City, all of it brought to vivid life by Boris Kaufman 's black and white cinematography and a dynamic cast highlighted by Rod Steiger's searing portrayal of the title role.
New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote that Sol Nazerman "is very much a person of today—a survivor of Nazi persecution who has become detached and remote in the modern world—he casts, as it were, the somber shadow of the legendary, ageless Wandering Jew.
That is the mythical Judean who taunted Jesus on the way to Calvary and was condemned to roam the world a lonely outcast until Jesus should come again.
The film initially was considered for production in London , in order to take advantage of financial incentives then available for filmmakers. Kubrick said he thought Steiger was not "all that exciting. Steiger became involved in the project in , a year after the Wallant novel was published, and was involved in an early reworking of the film's script. Lumet, who took over the film after Arthur Hiller was fired, initially had misgivings about Steiger being cast in the lead role.
He felt that Steiger "was a rather tasteless actor—awfully talented, but completely tasteless in his choices. Lumet felt that ultimately Steiger "worked out fine.
In a television interview, Rod Steiger revealed an inspiration he took from an unlikely source of art. Over a quarter of a century after artist Pablo Picasso 's Guernica , the painting inspired emotional artistic depth again when, in , Steiger borrowed the silent anguish of the skyward cry of the suffering female subject, seen at the right of the canvas.
The scene in the film was in the last minutes of The Pawnbroker. Variety considered Brock Peters the first actor to portray a confirmed homosexual character in an American film. The film was shot in New York City, mainly on location and with minimal sets, in the fall of Scenes were also filmed in Connecticut , Jericho, New York , and Lincoln Center with both interior and exterior shots of the Lincoln Towers apartments which were new at the time.
Finding a major U. As a result, Landau arranged a distribution deal with the Rank Organisation , and it opened in the U. Quincy Jones composed the soundtrack for the film, including " Soul Bossa Nova ", which was used in a scene at a nightclub. That would later be used as the main theme to the Austin Powers film series. The film was controversial for depicting nude scenes in which actresses Linda Geiser and Thelma Oliver fully exposed their breasts.
The scene with Oliver, who played a prostitute, was intercut with a flashback to the concentration camp, in which Nazerman is forced to see his wife Geiser forced into prostitution.
The nudity resulted in a "C" condemned rating from the Catholic Legion of Decency. The Association initially rejected the scenes showing bare breasts and a sex scene between Sanchez and Oliver, which it described as "unacceptably sex suggestive and lustful. On a vote, the Motion Picture Association of America granted the film an "exception" conditional on "reduction in the length of the scenes which the Production Code Administration found unapprovable.
Some Jewish groups urged a boycott of the film, in the view that its presentation of a Jewish pawnbroker encouraged anti-Semitism. Black groups felt it encouraged racial stereotypes of the inner city residents as pimps, prostitutes or drug addicts. The film, and Steiger's performance in particular, was greeted by widespread critical acclaim. New York Times critic Bosley Crowther called it a "remarkable picture" that was "a dark and haunting drama of a man who has reasonably eschewed a role of involvement and compassion in a brutal and bitter world and has found his life barren and rootless as a consequence.
It is further a drama of discovery of the need of man to try to do something for his fellow human sufferers in the troubled world of today. So many things can go wrong on a record! Lots of old records and new ones have no real top end; consequently the studio or stage will be missing much of its natural ambience and space, and instruments will lack their full complement of harmonic information.
The copies that tend to do the best in a shootout will have the least or none , yet are full-bodied, tubey and rich. CDs give you clean and clear. What could be more important than the life of the music? Theme From the Pawnbroker. Quincy Jones. Main Title: The Pawnbroker. Harlem Drive. The Naked Truth. Otez's Night Off. Theme From the Pawnbroker [Instrumental Version]. How Come You People. Rack 'Em Up. Death Scene. End Title: The Pawnbroker. Theme From the Pawnbroker Quincy Jones.
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