Pickpocket: A Statistical Analysis

Robert Bresson

by Anna Romatowska Volume 8, Issue 4 / April 2004 32 minutes (7886 words)

General Observations

Pickpocket (1959) is the story of an introverted man, Michel (played by Martin Lassalle), whose feelings of superiority drive him to become a petty criminal, a pickpocket. The story is told in the form of a diary and this structure emphasizes the character’s internal struggle. In terms of camera style, long takes are used infrequently and camera movements are almost exclusively motivated by character movement.

In terms of the average shot length (ASL) and pacing, when Michel is alone or is not interacting with people the ASL is slower (a higher figure), which affects the pacing. A similar effect occurs during the crime scenes. As the art of pick pocketing involves internal control, the pace is slower so the spectator can understand the mechanics of thievery and perhaps what may be transpiring in Michel’s mind. The opposite is the case when Michel engages in conversation with people. His mind seems to become distant and not accessible during these moments. In these scenes the ASL is faster (a lower figure), giving the spectator very little time “alone” with the main character.

Most of the transitions used in the film are straight cuts. Michel narrates the story and cuts illustrate the ‘facts’. Other types of transitions used are dissolves and fade outs. The dissolves are used after the diary images and at times following shots of human faces. The fades and dissolves act as temporal transitions or shifts to new events

Scene Breakdown Legend:

LS=Long shot
MLS= Medium long shot
MS = Medium shot
MCU=Medium closeup
CU= Closeup
SRS= Shot reverse shot
L=left, R=right

Each scene is titled according to the narrative action and is broken down into shots, shot length in seconds, and contains minor camera movement and dialogue and type of transition.

0:0:0 – 0:01:52 Credits (1:52)

SCENE 1: Race track – Michel commits the first crime and gets caught

Shot 1- 0:01:52-0:02:02 (.10)
· Fade in
· CU of a hand writing a diary
· Voice over: “Men who do these things keep silent; those who talk haven’t done them. Yet, I have done them.”
· Dissolve

Shot 2- 0:02:02-0:02:25 (.23)
· (In the race tracks). The shot starts with a CU of a purse
· A woman’s hand takes the money from the purse and gives it to a gentlemen in a black suit
· Camera reframes on the money
· Man takes the money and approaches the teller’s window
· Camera slightly tilts up and then pans left following his movement
· Cut to

Shot 3- 0:02:25-0:02:40 (.15)
· MS – Michel
· Michel’s voice over: “I was now determined. But would I be bold enough?”
· Michel looks at the gentlemen and walks away
· Cut to

Shot 4- 0:02:40-0:02:47 (.07)
· LS – people walking
· Cut to

Shot 5- 0:02:47-0:03:06 (.19)
· MCU – Michel in slight low angle
· As Michel approaches the race track, the camera follows him from behind as he nears a woman in front of him
· Michel positions himself behind a woman
· Camera frames her face (as she turns her head to face him) in a CU
· Cut to

Shot 6- 0:03:06-0:03:34 (.28)
· CS – Michel
· Voice over: “I had better quit.”
· Cut to

Shot 7- 0:03:34-0:03:41 (.07)
· CU – purse and Michel’s hand
· Cut to

Shot 8- 0:03:41-0:03:52 (.11)
· CS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 9- 0:03:52-0:03:57 (.05)
· CU – purse and Michel’s hand opening it
· Cut to

Shot 10- 0:03:57-0:04:13 (.16)
· CS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 11- 0:04:13-0:04:16 (.03)
· CU – purse and Michel’s hand reaching inside it
· Cut to

Shot 12- 0:04:16-0:04:23 (.07)
· CS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 13- 0:04:23-0:04:26 (.03)
· CU – purse
· Michel takes the money and places it in his pocket
· Camera reframes the money
· Cut to

Shot 14- 0:04:26-0:04:37 (.11)
· MS – Michel in the crowd
· Cut to

Shot 15- 0:04:37-0:04:49 (.12)
· MS – Michel exits the race tracks
· Camera pans left
· Cut to

Shot 16- 0:04:49-0:05:09 (.20)
· LS – Michel walks by two men and they start to follow and arrest him
· Camera pans left and tracks forward following crowd
· Voice over: “I thought I was mastering the world. One minute later, I was caught.”
· Dissolve

Scene 1: Total Length: 3’17” (197 sec.)/16 shots = 12” ASL

SCENE 2: Police – investigation – Michel walks free

Shot 17- 0:05:09-0:05:20 (.11)
· CS – Michel in the car
· Dissolve

Shot 18- 0:05:20-0:05:27 (.07)
· (At the Police station) MCU – Michel’s back
· Camera reframes left and tracks forward to show the inspector (low angle)
· Cut to

Shot 19- 0:05:27-0:05:30 (.03)
· MCU – Michel framed in high angle
· Michel stands up and the camera tilts up (high angle changes to straightonangle)
· Cut to

Shot 20- 0:05:30-0:05:41 (.11)
· CU – money on the table
· Michel leaves the room
· As Michel takes the money the camera reframes to keep the money in frame and than pans left showing Michel approaching the door
· Cut to

Shot 21- 0:05:41-0:05:53 (.12)
· LS – Michel exits the building
· Camera pans right
· Cut to

Shot 22- 0:05:53-0:06:01 (.08)
· MS – Michel enters another building
· Cut to

Shot 23- 0:06:01-0:06:10 (.09)
· MS – Michel walks up the stairs
· Cut to

Shot 24- 0:06:10-0:06:29 (.19)
· MCU – Michel enters his room
· Voice over: “I wanted to set my ideas to rights. I felt dog-tired, and slept like a log.”
· Camera tilts down when Michel sits and then lays on the bed and finally reframes to his face
· Fade out

Total: 1’20” (80”)/8 shots = 10” ASL

SCENE 3: Michel goes to his mother’s apartment and meets Jane

Shot 25- 0:06:29-0:06:42 (.13)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel descends from the tramway and approaches the building
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 26- 0:06:42-0:06:49 (.07)
· The shot starts with an image of empty stairs (high angle)
· MS – Michel enters the frame from the left and camera tilts up to a straight-on-angle
· Cut to

Shot 27- 0:06:49-0:07:02 (.13)
· MCU – Michel continues walking up the stairs
· Voice over: “I hadn’t seen my mother for a long time. I was hesitating.”
· Camera reframes as he reaches the door
· Camera pans right as he looks down to see who is talking
· Cut to

Shot 28- 0:07:02-0:07:07 (.05)
· MS – Jane and her sister (high angle)
· Jane says: “Wait. I have the key, I’ll open the door for you.”
· Cut to

Shot 29- 0:07:07-0:07:15 (.08)
· MCU – Jane joins Michel and opens the door
· Camera tracks forward
· Cut to

Shot 30- 0:07:15-0:07:18 (.03)
· MCU – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 31- 0:07:18-0:07:26 (.08)
· MS – Jane
· Camera tracks forward slightly as Jane enters the room
· Cut to

Shot 32- 0:07:26-0:07:33 (.07)
· MCU – Michel gives money to Jane and asks her to give it to his mother
· Cut to

Shot 33- 0:07:33-0:07:41 (.08)
· MS – Jane takes the money
· Cut to

Shot 34- 0:07:41-0:07:51 (.10)
· Starts as a CS – Michel
· Camera slightly tracks forward and tilts down as Michel leaves (moving into a MS)
· Fade out

Total: 1’22” (82”)/10 shots = 8” ASL

SCENE 4: Michel meets with Jacques – He runs into the Inspector

Shot 35- 0:07:51-0:08:10 (.19)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel enters the bar
· Camera tracks laterally
· Dissolve

Shot 36- 0:08:10-0:08:19 (.09)
· Shot reverse shot – Michel talking to Jacques: “I’m jobless. I’ll accept anything.”
· Cut to

Shot 37- 0:08:19-0:08:21 (.02)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 38- 0:08:21-0:08:26 (.05)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 39- 0:08:26-0:08:37 (.11)
· SRS – Jacques writes down some addresses
· Cut to

Shot 40- 0:08:37-0:08:53 (.16)
· SRS – Michel notices the inspector and approaches him
· Camera tracks back slightly
· Dissolve

Shot 41- 0:08:53-0:09:06 (.13)
· MS – Michel, Jacques and Inspector walk to the table
· Camera tracks back and tilts down as they sit at the table
· Cut to

Shot 42- 0:09:06-0:09:11 (.05)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 43- 0:09:11-0:09:26 (.15)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 44- 0:09:26-0:09:35 (.09)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 45- 0:09:35-0:09:37 (.02)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 46- 0:09:37-0:09:46 (.09)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 47- 0:09:46-0:10:00 (.14)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 48- 0:10:00-0:10:05 (.05)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 49- 0:10:05-0:10:07 (.02)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 50- 0:10:07-0:10:10 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 51- 0:10:10-0:10:14 (.04)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 52- 0:10:14-0:10:20 (.06)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 53- 0:10:20-0:10:23 (.03)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 54- 0:10:23-0:10:28 (.05)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 55- 0:10:28-0:10:30 (.02)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 56- 0:10:30-0:10:36 (.06)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 57- 0:10:36-0:10:46 (.10)
· SRS – Inspector
· Camera tracks back slightly when inspector stands up
· Dissolve

Shot 58- 0:10:46-0:10:56 (.10)
· MCU – Michel and Jacques walk out of the bar
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 59- 0:10:56-0:11:00 (.04)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 60- 0:11:00-0:11:06 (.06)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 61- 0:11:06-0:11:13 (.07)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 62- 0:11:13-0:11:25 (.12)
· SRS – Jacques
· Camera pans right as Michel walks away
· Fade out

Total: 3’34” (214sec)/ 28 shots = 8” ASL

SCENE 5: Michel observes a thief at “work”

Shot 63- 0:11:25-0:11:42 (.17)
· Fade in
· Camera pans R following Michel as he buys a bus token and then walks screen right toward the camera (image changes to MS)
· Cut to

Shot 64- 0:11:42-0:12:12 (.30)
· MS – Michel sits down on the bench on the subway platform
· Voice over: “A few banknotes…was I in need of that? Was I really expecting something? But I hated the idea of going home.”
· Camera tilts down, then up
· Dissolve

Shot 65- 0:12:12-0:12:27 (.15)
· MCU – Michel in the subway wagon
· Cut to

Shot 66- 0:12:27-0:12:34 (.07)
· MS – Thief holding the newspaper
· Voice over: “Why did Fate force me to watch that man?”
· Cut to

Shot 67- 0:12:34-0:12:39 (.05)
· MCU – Michel looking at the thief
· Cut to

Shot 68- 0:12:39-0:13:02 (.23)
· Camera tracks forward, approaches the newspaper with the stolen wallet and reframes
· Voice over: “Of course, the wallet was there.”
· Dissolve

Total: 1’37” (97sec)/6 shots = 16” ASL

SCENE 6: Michel practices what he saw

Shot 69- 0:13:02-0:13:24 (.22)
· Michel practices the newspaper trick
· Camera reframes to follow his movements
· Cut to

Shot 70- 0:13:24-0:13:39 (.15)
· MS – Michel goes outside his room and back
· Camera slightly tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 71- 0:13:39-0:13:44 (.05)
· CU – door handle and the door being locked
· Cut to

Shot 72- 0:13:44-0:14:04 (.20)
· CU – book
· Camera tilts up, down and up as Michel picks up a newspaper to practice pick pocketing
· Dissolve (on newspaper)

Total: 1’02” (62sec)/4 shots = 15” ASL

SCENE 7: In the subway – Michel steals a wallet

Shot 73- 0:14:04-0:14:15 (.11)
· CU – newspaper
· Voice over: “I knew it would be hard.”
· Cut to

Shot 74- 0:14:15-0:14:41 (.26)
· MCU – Michel is standing in front of his potential victim
· Voice over: “My hands were trembling.”
· Cut to

Shot 75- 0:14:41-0:15:02 (.21)
· People entering the subway train
· Cut to

Shot 76- 0:15:02-0:15:20 (.18)
· MCU – Michel faces his victim
· Cut to

Shot 77- 0:15:20-0:15:23 (.03)
· MCU – The man looks at Michel
· Cut to

Shot 78- 0:15:23-0:15:30 (.07)
· MCU – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 79- 0:15:30-0:15:41 (.11)
· CU – newspaper and the “act of crime” (a wallet has been stolen)
· Camera reframes the newspaper
· Cut to

Shot 80- 0:15:41-0:15:55 (.14)
· MS – Michel and other people get out of the subway train
· Camera pans right following Michel
· Cut to

Shot 81- 0:15:55-0:16:27 (.32)
· MS – Michel
· Camera tracks forward to Michel and reframes his hands as he takes the money out of the stolen wallet and pans left as Michel walks away
· Voice over: “This first success encouraged me. It was due more to chance than cleverness.”
· Fade out

Total: 2’23” (143sec)/9 shots = 16” ASL

SCENE 8: Michel meets with Jacques

Shot 82- 0:16:27-0:16:42 (.15)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel is sitting at the bar
· Camera tilts up and tracks back as he stands up
· Cut to

Shot 83- 0:16:42-0:16:55 (.13)
· MS – Inspector and Jacques enter the bar. Jacques says: “He’s only interested in you.”
· Camera pans right and tracks forward as Michel approaches Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 84- 0:16:55-0:16:57 (.02)
· SRS – Michel asks if inspector asked Jacques any questions about him
· Cut to

Shot 85- 0:16:57-0:17:01 (.04)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 86- 0:17:01-0:17:04 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 87- 0:17:04-0:17:06 (.02)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 88- 0:17:06-0:17:20 (.14)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera pans left as Michel leaves the bar (at LS)
· Fade out

Total: 53” (53sec)/7 shots = 8” ASL

SCENE 9: Michel steals again in the subway – this time he gets caught

Shot 89- 0:17:20-0:17:48 (.28)
· Fade in
· MLS – Michel at the subway station
· Voice over: “I never took the same route. I always traveled on different lines.”
· Camera reframes Michel as he descends the stairs and later tracks Michel laterally as he walks on the platform
· Dissolve

Shot 90- 0:17:48-0:18:09 (.21)
· MLS – Michel descends from the subway train
· Camera tracks forward and later reframes Michel in a low angle as he walks up the stairs
· Cut to

Shot 91- 0:18:09-0:18:27 (.18)
· People and Michel are walking up the stairs (high angle)
· Camera tilts up from a black briefcase to the back of its owner says: “Give me my wallet back.” Michel’s face is shown
· Cut to

Shot 92- 0:18:27-0:18:31 (.04)
· SRS – Man with the briefcase
· Cut to

Shot 93- 0:18:31-0:18:36 (.05)
· SRS – Michel, silent
· Cut to

Shot 94- 0:18:36-0:18:47 (.11)
· SRS – Man with the briefcase
· Michel gives back the wallet and as he runs out, camera pans left
· Fade out

Total: 1’27” (87sec)/6 shots = 14” ASL

SCENE 10: Jane and Jacques come to Michel’s apartment – Michel sees the Thief for the first time

Shot 95- 0:18:47-0:19:07 (.20)
· Fade in
· MCU – Michel is in his apartment. He approaches the door, turns off the lights and closes the door
· Voice over: “I stayed home the following days…going only to eat.”
· Camera tracks forward slightly
· Cut to

Shot 96- 0:19:07-0:19:26 (.19)
· MS – Michel walks down the stairs (low angle)
· Camera reframes his upper body
· Cut to

Shot 97- 0:19:26-0:19:43 (.17)
· LS – Man (Thief) walking in front of Michel’s building (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 98- 0:19:43-0:19:53 (.10)
· MCU – Michel walks back up the stairs (low angle)
· Camera reframes his movement
· Cut to

Shot 99- 0:19:53-0:20:26 (.33)
· MS – Michel goes back to his apartment
· Camera tracks forward, tilts down and tilts up as he hears voices
· Cut to

Shot 100- 0:20:26-0:20:37 (.11)
· SRS – Jane
· Cut to

Shot 101- 0:20:37-0:20:42 (.05)
· SRS – Michel asks if Jane came to his apartment because of his mother
· Cut to

Shot 102- 0:20:42-0:20:45 (.03)
· SRS – Jane says that his mother is very sick and he must go to see her
· Cut to

Shot 103- 0:20:45-0:20:48 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 104- 0:20:48-0:20:56 (.08)
· SRS – Jane looks at Michel and leaves
· Cut to

Shot 105- 0:20:56-0:21:08 (.12)
· MCU – Michel follows Jane in the hallway
· Camera pans right as Michel follows Jane and then pans left as Michel approaches Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 106- 0:21:08-0:21:10 (.02)
· SRS – Jacques asks if Michel wants him to go to see his mother
· Cut to

Shot 107- 0:21:10-0:21:36 (.26)
· SRS – Michel accepts and asks him to go with Jane
· Camera pans right as Jacques leaves and then pans left and right as Michel also prepares to leave
· Cut to

Shot 108- 0:21:36-0:21:52 (.16)
· MCU – Michel walks out of his building and starts to follow the Thief. Michel asks: “What do you want? Who are you?”
· Camera pans left and tracks backs
· Cut to

Shot 109- 0:21:52-0:22:01 (.09)
· MCU – Man (Thief) who was walking in front of Michel’s building
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 110- 0:22:01-0:22:11 (.10)
· MCU – Michel is still following the thief
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 111- 0:22:11-0:22:23 (.12)
· LS – Michel gets on the same tramway as the thief
· Camera tracks forward as Michel is approaching the tramway
· Dissolve

Total: 3’36” (216sec)/17 shots = 13” ASL

SCENE 11: Michel befriends the Thief and learns the tricks of the Trade

Shot 112- 0:22:23-0:22:44 (.21)
· FS – Michel walks into the bar (MS – when Michel approaches the counter)
· Voice over: “I had to know.”
· Camera tracks back and laterally
· Dissolve

Shot 113- 0:22:44-0:22:54 (.10)
· MS – Michel and the thief walk away from the bar
· Voice over: “15 minutes later, we were friends.”
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 114- 0:22:54-0:23:07 (.13)
· Thief shows Michel how to steal a wallet
· Camera reframes his action
· Dissolve

Shot 115- 0:23:07-0:23:12 (.05)
· CU – Thief’s trick
· Dissolve

Shot 116- 0:23:12-0:23:20 (.08)
· CU – hand opens the jacket
· Dissolve

Shot 117- 0:23:20-0:23:27 (.07)
· CU – hand slides pen in the sleeve
· Camera reframes
· Dissolve

Shot 118- 0:23:27-0:23:28 (.01)
· CU – hand steals a wallet from the pocket
· Dissolve

Shot 119- 0:23:28-0:23:34 (.06)
· CU – wallet
· Camera frames the wallet
· Dissolve

Shot 120- 0:23:34-0:23:51 (.17)
· CU – Michel’s hand
· Voice over says: “I had to make my fingers supple”
· Camera tilts up as Michel picks up a cup of coffee
· Cut to

Shot 121- 0:23:51-0:24:12 (.21)
· MCU – Michel approaches the thief. “The pinball machine was an excellent training.”
· Camera tilts down slightly and pans over to frame the pinball machine
· Dissolve

Total: 1’49” (109sec)/10 shots = 11” ASL

SCENE 12: Michel goes home

Shot 122- 0:24:12-0:24:29 (.17)
· FS – Michel approaches his apartment
· Voice over: “I went home only to sleep.”
· Camera tilts down (the image changes to a CU of Michel’s shoes) and pans left framing the letter on the floor (high angle)
· Dissolve

Shot 123- 0:24:29-0:24:57 (.28)
· CU – letter on the floor (high angle)
· Voice over: “How long had it been here?”
· Camera tilts up as Michel picks up the letter
· Cut to

Shot 124- 0:24:57-0:24:59 (.02)
· CU – letter: “Come at once. Jane.”
· Cut to

Shot 125- 0:24:59-0:25:09 (.10)
· MCU – Michel closes the door and leaves his apartment
· Dissolve

Total: 57” (57sec)/4 shots = 14” ASL

SCENE 13: Michel visits his dying mother

Shot 126- 0:25:09-0:25:23 (.14)
· MS – Michel arrives in the tramway
· Camera frames Michel as he descends from the tramway and then tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 127- 0:25:23-0:25:28 (.05)
· MS – Michel arrives at his mother’s apartment
· Cut to

Shot 128- 0:25:28-0:25:53 (.25)
· MS – Michel enters inside
· Voice over: “She was sleeping. Peacefully.”
· Camera tracks laterally as Michel approaches the bed and frames him as he sits by the bed
· Dissolve

Shot 129- 0:25:53-0:25:58 (.05)
· SRS – Michel’s mother
· Cut to

Shot 130- 0:25:58-0:26:09 (.11)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 131- 0:26:09-0:26:13 (.04)
· SRS – Michel’s mother
· Cut to

Shot 132- 0:26:13-0:26:16 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 133- 0:26:16-0:26:23 (.07)
· SRS – Michel’s mother
· Cut to

Shot 134- 0:26:23-0:26:29 (.06)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 135- 0:26:29-0:26:33 (.04)
· SRS – Michel’s mother
· Cut to

Shot 136- 0:26:33-0:26:46 (.13)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera tilts up as Michel gets up
· Dissolve

Total: 1’37” (97sec)/11 shots = 9” ASL

Scene 14: The Funeral

Shot 137- 0:26:46-0:27:38 (.52)
· MS – Michel, Jane and Jacques are in church (Michel’s mother’s funeral)
· Camera tracks as they go closer to pray
· Fade out

Total: 52” (52sec)/1 shot = 52” ASL

SCENE 15: Michel and Jane in Michel’s apartment

Shot 138- 0:27:38-0:27:48 (.10)
· Fade in
· MLS – Michel and Jane arrive at Michel’s apartment with boxes
· Camera pans left slightly
· Cut to

Shot 139- 0:27:48-0:27:58 (.10)
· MCU – Jane and Michel walk in. Michel says: “That’s all that’s left. Papers, letters, a few photos. It’s all over. And no going back.”
· Camera pans left
· Cut to

Shot 140- 0:27:58-0:28:15 (.17)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera slightly tracks in
· Cut to

Shot 141- 0:28:15-0:28:22 (.07)
· SRS – Jane, silent
· Cut to

Shot 142- 0:28:22-0:28:28 (.06)
· Jane approaches the door
· Cut to

Shot 143- 0:28:28-0:28:31 (.03)
· SRS – Michel asks Jane: “Do you think we are going to be judged?”
· Cut to

Shot 144- 0:28:31-0:28:36 (.05)
· SRS – Jane says: “Yes, but don’t fear for her. She was perfect.”
· Cut to

Shot 145- 0:28:36-0:28:43 (.07)
· SRS – Michel says: “Judged…? After what Law? It’s absurd.”
· Camera tilts up as he stands up
· Cut to

Shot 146- 0:28:43-0:28:52 (.09)
· SRS – Jane walks away: “Don’t you believe in anything?”
· Cut to

Shot 147- 0:28:52-0:29:02 (.10)
· Michel walks into the frame: “Yes…in God…for 3 minutes.”
· Camera pans right
· Dissolve

Total: 1’24” (84sec)/10 shots = 8”ASL

SCENE 16: Victim in the Bank

Shot 148- 0:29:02-0:29:11 (.09)
· CU – hand writing a diary: “Eight days later, I entered a well known Bank…and sat in the hall.”
· Dissolve

Shot 149- 0:29:11-0:29:51 (.40)
· MLS – Michel enters the bank
· Camera pans right and tilts down as Michel sits at the table
· Cut to

Shot 150- 0:29:51-0:30:15 (.24)
· MLS – a man takes the money from the window teller
· Cut to

Shot 151- 0:30:15-0:30:25 (.10)
· MS – Michel stands up and follows the man
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 152- 0:30:25-0:30:53 (.28)
· MLS – Michel and the man with the money approach the exit
· Voice over: “I got frightened. He escaped.”
· Camera tracks forward, stops, tracks forward again and reframes the man outside of the building
· Cut to

Shot 153- 0:30:53-0:31:11 (.18)
· MLS – the man calls for a taxi
· Camera tracks left and reframes as the man talks to the taxi driver
· Cut to

Shot 154- 0:31:11-00:31:14 (.03)
· CU – hand
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 155- 0:31:14-0:31:17 (.03)
· CU – wallet
· Cut to

Shot 156- 0:31:17-0:31:31 (.14)
· CU – the wallet has been stolen and passed to somebody else
· Camera reframes and ends the shot on a MS of the Thief
· Dissolve

Total: 2’29” (149sec)/9 shots = 17” ASL

SCENE 17: Splitting up the stolen money

Shot 157- 0:31:31-0:31:40 (.09)
· MLS – Michel walks into the bar
· Camera reframes Michel as he opens the door
· Dissolve

Shot 158- 0:31:40-0:31:49 (.09)
· SRS – Thief is sitting at the table and playing cards
· Voice over: “Later, we shared the loot. We could lay out the notes openly.”
· Cut to

Shot 159- 0:31:49-0:32:02 (.13)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 160- 0:32:02-0:32:11 (.09)
· SRS – Thief
· Cut to

Shot 161- 0:32:11-0:32:14 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 162- 0:32:14-0:32:22 (.08)
· SRS – a third person joins the table
· Camera pans left and tracks back
· Fade out

Total: 51” (51sec)/6 shots = 8” ASL

SCENE 18: Michel and Jacques in Michel’s apartment

Shot 163- 0:32:22-0:32:33 (.11)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel approaches his apartment
· Cut to

Shot 164- 0:32:33-0:32:49 (.16)
· MCU – Michel enters his room, takes the book from Jacques and gives it back to him: Searching my things? Where have you taken it?”
· Camera tilts down and up
· Cut to

Shot 165- 0:32:49-0:32:53 (.04)
· MCU – Jacques is sitting on the bed (high angle): “There on the table.”
· Cut to

Shot 166- 0:32:53 -0:32:57 (.04)
· CU – book “The Prince of Pickpockets” (high angle)
· Jacques’ voice: Sluggards.”
· Michel’s voice: “Barrington wasn’t lazy. He used to read whole nights.”
· Cut to

Shot 167- 0:32:57 -0:33:04 (.07)
· MCU – Jacques (high angle): “To mislead his rich friends.”
· Camera reframes Michel as he walks by
· Cut to

Shot 168- 0:33:04 -0:33:08 (.04)
· SRS – Jacques: “And rob them.”
· Cut to

Shot 169- 0:33:08 -0:33:11 (.03)
· SRS – Michel, silent
· Cut to

Shot 170- 0:33:11 -0:33:17 (.06)
· SRS – Jacques (high angle) talks about the book
· Cut to

Shot 171- 0:33:17 -0:33:23 (.06)
· SRS – Michel says: “Come on…let’s go out.”
· Camera reframes as Michel approaches Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 172- 0:33:23 -0:33:32 (.09)
· SRS – Jacques puts on his coat
· Cut to

Shot 173- 0:33:32 -0:33:37 (.05)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 174- 0:33:37 -0:33:39 (.02)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 175- 0:33:39 -0:33:42 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 176- 0:33:42 -0:33:53 (.11)
· SRS – Jacques and Michel go out. Michel turns off the lights. That darkness is used in the next shot as a transition to a fade in.
· Camera tracks forward slightly as they exit
· Fade out

Total: 1’31” (91sec)/14 shots = 6” ASL

SCENE 19: Michel, Jacques and the Inspector in the bar conversing about pickpockets

Shot 177- 0:33:53 -0:34:14 (.21)
· Fade in
· CU – Pinball machine
· Camera tilts up and pulls back to show Jacques, Inspector and Michel
· Dissolve

Shot 178- 0:34:14 -0:34:30 (.16)
· MS – They are sitting at the bar
· Cut to

Shot 179- 0:34:30 -0:34:32 (.02)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 180- 0:34:32 -0:34:34 (.02)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 181- 0:34:34 -0:34:40 (.06)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 182- 0:34:40 -0:34:46 (.06)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 183- 0:34:46 -0:34:51 (.05)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 184- 0:34:51 -0:35:10 (.19)
· SRS – Inspector talks about Michel’s book
· Cut to

Shot 185- 0:35:10 -0:35:14 (.04)
· SRS – Michel tells him that he can borrow it
· Cut to

Shot 186- 0:35:14 -0:35:23 (.09)
· SRS – Inspector does not accept the offer of a book loan, but rather asks Michel to stop by the police station the next day and bring the book with him
· Camera slightly tracks forward as Inspector leaves
· Dissolve

Shot 187- 0:35:23 -0:35:31 (.08)
· SRS – Michel: “Of course, he suspects me. You too, admit it.”
· Cut to

Shot 188- 0:35:31 -0:35:34 (.03)
· SRS – Jacques: “I…what?”
· Cut to

Shot 189- 0:35:34 -0:35:36 (.02)
· SRS – Michel: “Nothing.”
· Cut to

Shot 190- 0:35:36 0:35:40 (.04)
· SRS – Jacques asks Michel not to go to see Inspector the next day
· Cut to

Shot 191- 0:35:40 -0:35:43 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 192- 0:35:43 -0:35:47 (.04)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 193- 0:35:47 -0:35:52 (.05)
· SRS – Michel walks away
· Fade out

Total: 1’59” (119sec)/17 shots = 7” ASL

SCENE 20: Michel meets with Inspector in his office

Shot 194- 0:35:52 -0:36:16 (.24)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel is sitting on the bench, outside of Inspector’s office
· Voice over: “He made me wait a long time.”
· Camera tilts up and pans left as Michel walks to the office
· Dissolve

Shot 195- 0:36:16 -0:36:20 (.04)
· MCU – Michel gives the book to the Inspector
· Camera reframes the book
· Cut to

Shot 196- 0:36:20 -0:36:27 (.07)
· SRS – Inspector takes the book
· Cut to

Shot 197- 0:36:27 -0:36:29 (.02)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 198- 0:36:29 -0:36:33 (.04)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 199- 0:36:33 -0:36:36 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 200- 0:36:36 -0:36:40 (.04)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 201- 0:36:40 -0:36:43 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 202- 0:36:43 -0:36:48 (.05)
· CU of the open book (High angle)
· Cut to

Shot 203- 0:36:48 -0:36:50 (.02)
· Michel
· Cut to

Shot 204- 0:36:50 -0:36:57 (.07)
· MS – another inspector walks into the office
· Camera tracks back as he approaches Michel
· Cut to

Shot 205- 0:36:57 -0:37:00 (.03)
· MCU – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 206- 0:37:00 -0:37:06 (.06)
· CU – book and inspector’s hands taking a knife
· Cut to

Shot 207- 0:37:06 -0:37:20 (.14)
· CU – Michel’s hands
· Camera reframes the knife as Michel takes it
· Cut to

Shot 208- 0:37:20 -0:37:36 (.16)
· SRS – Inspector says: “You’ll have to excuse me.”
· Camera tracks forward as he takes back the knife and tilts up as he stands up
· Cut to

Shot 209- 0:37:36 -0:37:38 (.02)
· SRS – Michel tells Inspector to keep the book
· Cut to

Shot 210- 0:37:38 -0:37:49 (.11)
· SRS – Inspector “Goodbye”
· Voice over: “Why hadn’t I suspected it?”
· Camera pans left as Michel leaves
· Cut to

Shot 211- 0:37:49 -0:38:00 (.11)
· LS – Michel goes down the stairs (low angle)
· Voice over: “It was a snare. If I hurried home, I might perhaps catch them.”
· Camera reframes his movement
· Dissolve

Shot 212- 0:38:00 -0:38:16 (.16)
· MS – Michel walks up the stairs
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 213- 0:38:16 -0:38:56 (.40)
· MCU – Michel enters his room
· Voice over: “There was no disorder. Everything was o.k.”
· Camera reframes and dollies in close up on the money and the watch behind the bed
· Fade out

Total: 3’04” (184sec)/20 shots = 9” ASL

SCENE 21: Michel steals again

Shot 214- 0:38:56 -0:39:01 (.05)
· Fade in
· CS – Michel on the street
· Cut to

Shot 215- 0:39:01 -0:39:09 (.08)
· MLS – Man on the bench
· Cut to

Shot 216- 0:39:09 -0:39:20 (.11)
· MS – Michel
· Voice over: “I needed no help this time…Rather more skill than I had.”
· Cut to

Shot 217- 0:39:20 -0:39:28 (.08)
· LS – same man walking on the street
· Cut to

Shot 218- 0:39:28 -0:39:30 (.02)
· CS – Michel looks at him
· Cut to

Shot 219- 0:39:30 -0:39:33 (.03)
· CU – Michel’s legs (high angle)
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 220- 0:39:33 -0:39:34 (.01)
· CU – braking car
· Cut to

Shot 221- 0:39:34 -0:39:44 (.10)
· CU – Michel’s hand holding the man’s wrist
· Camera reframes as they pick up the hat
· Dissolve

Total: 48” (48sec)/8 shots = 6” ASL

SCENE 22: Michel goes out with Jane and Jacques

Shot 222- 0:39:44 -0:40:15 (.31)
· CU – watch (Michel practices how to steal a watch)
· Voice over: “One finger keeps the strap from turning…while the thumb opens the buckle. I practiced it often.”
· Camera dollies forward revealing Michel and then camera reframes his hand as he hides the watch under the mattress
· Cut to

Shot 223- 0:40:15 -0:40:26 (.11)
· CU – door (Michel unlocks the door)
· Voice over: “It was Sunday. I was to go out with Jacques and Jane.”
· Cut to

Shot 224- 0:40:26 -0:40:48 (.22)
· MS – Jacques approaches Michel’s apartment
· Camera pans left and right
· Cut to

Shot 225- 0:40:48 -0:40:58 (.10)
· MS – Jane is waiting downstairs
· Camera reframes and then tracks forward as Michel, Jacques and Jane go outside
· Dissolve

Total: 1’14” (74sec)/4 shots = 18” ASL

SCENE 23: Michel, Jacques and Jane at the Amusement Park

Shot 226- 0:40:58 -0:41:21 (.23)
· MS – Michel and Jane are sitting at the table
· Camera dollies forward and reframes slightly to frame Michel in center
· Cut to

Shot 227- 0:41:21 -0:41:29 (.08)
· SRS – Jane: “You are not living in this world. You are not interested in anything.”
· Cut to

Shot 228- 0:41:29 -0:41:33 (.04)
· MS – Jacques: “Are you coming Jane?”
· Cut to

Shot 229- 0:41:33 -0:41:50 (.17)
· MS – Michel
· Camera reframes Michel as Jane and Jacques leave. Michel stays behind.
· Cut to

Shot 230- 0:41:50 -0:41:56 (.06)
· CU – a man’s wrist and watch
· Cut to

Shot 231- 0:41:56 -0:42:08 (.12)
· Michel leaves
· Camera remains on the empty table
· A time lapse dissolve

Shot 232- 0:42:08 -0:42:27 (.19)
· Dissolve to the same image of the table as in the previous shot
· Jane and Jacques come back to the table, camera tilts to reframe Jacques
· Jacques wonders where Michel is
· Dissolve

Total: 1’29” (89sec)/7 shots = 13” ASL

SCENE 24: Jacques meets Michel in his apartment

Shot 233- 0:42:27 -0:42:40 (.13)
· MS – empty staircase. Michel enters from below and walks up the stairs
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 234- 0:42:40 -0:43:24 (.44)
· MS – Michel enters his room
· Voice over: “I had run…and fallen.”
· Camera tracks forward than reframes
· Cut to

Shot 235- 0:43:24 -0:43:27 (.03)
· SRS – Jacques enters the room
· Cut to

Shot 236- 0:43:27 -0:43:29 (.02)
· SRS – Michel, silent
· Cut to

Shot 237- 0:43:29 -0:43:33 (.04)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 238- 0:43:33 -0:43:36 (.03)
· SRS – Michel (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 239- 0:43:36 -0:43:39 (.03)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 240- 0:43:39 -0:43:50 (.11)
· SRS – Michel (high angle)
· Camera reframes as he stands up
· Cut to

Shot 241- 0:43:50 -0:43:56 (.06)
· SRS – Jacques
· Camera slightly tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 242- 0:43:56 -0:44:03 (.07)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 243- 0:44:03 -0:44:07 (.04)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 244- 0:44:07 -0:44:23 (.16)
· SRS – Michel asks Jacques if he loves Jane
· Camera reframes as he walks forward
· Cut to

Shot 245- 0:44:23 -0:44:27 (.04)
· SRS – Jacques walks away
· Cut to

Shot 246- 0:44:27 -0:44:36 (.09)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 247- 0:44:36 -0:44:42 (.06)
· SRS – Jacques leaves
· Cut to

Shot 248- 0:44:42 -0:44:57 (.15)
· CU – hole in Michel’s pants
· Camera reframes his hand as he puts the stolen watch in his pocket
· Fade out

Total: 2’30” (150sec)/16 shots = 9” ASL

SCENE 25: Michel and his “associates” steal at the train station

Shot 249- 0:44:57 -0:45:10 (.13)
· Fade in
· CU – hand writing in diary: “My boldness had no limits now. My associates and I were on excellent terms. Of course, it couldn’t last.”
· Dissolve

Shot 250- 0:45:10 -0:45:43 (.33)
· LS – Michel walks into the train station
· Camera tracks different movements
· Cut to

Shot 251- 0:45:43 -0:45:59 (.16)
· CU – suitcase
· Camera reframes to a CU of Michel and a woman
· Cut to

Shot 252- 0:45:59 -0:46:22 (.23)
· CU – purse and money
· As the pure is stolen, the camera follows the purse
· Cut to

Shot 253- 0:46:22 -0:46:28 (.06)
· Shot of garbage and the same purse being thrown into the garbage
· Cut to

Shot 254- 0:46:28 -0:47:04 (.36)
· MLS – Camera dollies forward to follow an elderly men walking toward the ticket booth, with his wallet in his hand. Camera focuses on the wallet. Another man enters frame with folded newspaper which he uses to steal wallet. Man walks screen left past another man who he passes the wallet’s contents to
· Camera tilts up to reveal Michel (at the end)
· Cut to

Shot 255- 0:47:04 -0:47:42 (.38)
· MLS – Man walking
· Camera tracks laterally with one man (undercover detective) who leaves frame R. Camera picks up a second man a suitcase, who puts suitcase down, steps over to newsstand (reframe) then back to suitcase. He picks it up and begins to walk. Camera tracks right
· Cut to

Shot 256- 0:47:42 -0:47:50 (.08)
· CU – suitcase
· Camera tracks the suitcase and then tilts up along the back of the suitcase man
· Cut to

Shot 257- 0:47:50 -0:47:52 (.02)
· CS – the owner of the suitcase
· Cut to

Shot 258- 0:47:52 -0:47:53 (.01)
· CU – a wallet falls down into the hands of the thief
· Cut to

Shot 259- 0:47:53 -0:47:55 (.02)
· CS – Michel behind the man with the suitcase
· Cut to

Shot 260- 0:47:55 -0:48:15 (.20)
· Starts as CU – the stolen wallet is put into a coat pocket
· Camera tilts up as the man walks away, pans left to follow two other men (detectives) who pass through turnstiles. Michel enters and exits frame.
· Cut to

Shot 261- 0:48:15 -0:48:30 (.15)
· MCU – Camera looking out from train. People walking on the platform. Man who had wallet stolen enters and stops in front of train car door. He walks up stairs into car. Michel enters frame.
· Cut to

Shot 262- 0:48:30 -0:48:40 (.10)
· MCU – same man in the train compartment
· Camera reframes his pocket to show Michel stealing his wallet when he hoists his suitcase on top of his compartment
· Cut to

Shot 263- 0:48:40 -0:48:52 (.12)
· MCU – the wallet is passed to the another thief
· Camera reframes and tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 264- 0:48:52 -0:48:57 (.05)
· CU – another men passes by the thief, a hand steals his wallet
· Camera pans left
· Cut to

Shot 265- 0:48:57 -0:49:06 (.09)
· CS – same man puts down his baggage and walks back the same way
· Cut to

Shot 266- 0:49:06 -0:49:15 (.09)
· CU – money is taken from the wallet
· Camera reframes the empty wallet being put back into its owner’s pocket
· Cut to

Shot 267- 0:49:15 -0:49:20 (.05)
· CU – Michel’s shoes (High angle)
· Camera tilts up to Michel
· Cut to

Shot 268- 0:49:20 -0:49:29 (.09)
· CS – passenger
· Camera tilts up Michel’s hand as he helps a man to get on the train. Michel steals his wrist watch. Camera pans from Michel’s hand putting the watch into his pocket and another wallet that has been passed onto him.
· Cut to

Shot 269- 0:49:29 -0:49:42 (.13)
· CU – Michel descends the train
· Camera tilts down as he throws the empty wallet under the train
· Fade out

Total: 4’45” (285sec)/21 shots = 14” ASL

SCENE 26: Jacques and Michel talk about Jane’s Police notice

Shot 270- 0:49:42 -0:49:54 (.12)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel and Jacque walk down the stairs
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 271- 0:49:54 -0:49:58 (.04)
· SRS – Michel takes the note that Jacques gave him
· Cut to

Shot 272- 0:49:58 -0:50:04 (.06)
· CU – the note (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 273- 0:50:04 -0:50:06 (.02)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 274- 0:50:06 -0:50:08 (.02)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 275- 0:50:08 -0:50:14 (.06)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 276- 0:50:14 -0:50:17 (.03)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 277- 0:50:17 -0:50:20 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 278- 0:50:20 -0:50:21 (.01)
· SRS – Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 279- 0:50:21 -0:50:28 (.07)
· SRS – Michel runs out
· Camera tracks forward
· Dissolve

Total: 46” (46sec)/10 shot = 5” ASL

SCENE 27: Michel goes back to the train station

Shot 280- 0:50:28 -0:51:03 (.35)
· MS – Michel walks to the train station
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 281- 0:51:03 -0:51:09 (.06)
· MS – Thieves walk by
· Cut to

Shot 282- 0:51:09 -0:51:42 (.33)
· MS – Michel walks out of the station
· Voice over: “Had they seen me? I mustn’t seem to be hiding.”
· Camera tracks forward as Michel leaves station
· Fade out

Total: 1’14” (74sec)/3 shots = 25” ASL

SCENE 28: Inspector tells Michel about his theory – a warning?

Shot 283- 0:51:42 -0:52:00 (.18)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel is in his room
· Camera tilts down to bed and then pans left as he opens the door
· Cut to

Shot 284- 0:52:00 -0:52:04 (.04)
· MS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 285- 0:52:04 -0:52:22 (.18)
· MS – Inspector enters his room
· Camera follows his hand as he checks for dust on Michel’s book and then tilts up to the Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 286- 0:52:22 -0:52:25 (.03)
· MS – Inspector sits down
· Cut to

Shot 287- 0:52:25 -0:52:40 (.15)
· MLS – Michel tells him that if he has any proof that he is a thief, he should arrest him
· Camera pans with Michel from door to middle of room
· Cut to

Shot 288- 0:52:40 -0:52:44 (.04)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 289- 0:52:44 -0:52:53 (.09)
· SRS – Michel screams that he has enough of the accusations. He picks up a book
· Camera moves with the book as Michel throws the book down onto the floor in anger
· Cut to

Shot 290- 0:52:53 -0:53:07 (.14)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 291- 0:53:07 -0:53:11 (.04)
· SRS – Michel sits on the bed (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 292- 0:53:11 -0:53:25 (.14)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 293- 0:53:25 -0:53:29 (.04)
· SRS – Michel (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 294- 0:53:29 -0:53:35 (.06)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 295- 0:53:35 -0:53:40 (.05)
· SRS – Michel (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 296- 0:53:40 -0:53:45 (.05)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 297- 0:53:45 -0:53:48 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 298- 0:53:48 -0:54:02 (.14)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 299- 0:54:02 -0:54:09 (.07)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 300- 0:54:09 -0:54:11 (.02)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 301- 0:54:11 -0:54:17 (.06)
· SRS – Michel stands up
· Cut to

Shot 302- 0:54:17 -0:54:21 (.04)
· SRS – Michel is standing next to the door
· Cut to

Shot 303- 0:54:21 -0:54:23 (.02)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 304- 0:54:23 -0:54:27 (.04)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 305- 0:54:27 -0:54:29 (.02)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 306- 0:54:29 -0:54:31 (.02)
· MRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 307- 0:54:31 -0:54:41 (.10)
· SRS – Michel sits on the bed (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 308- 0:54:41 -0:54:44 (.03)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 309- 0:54:44 -0:55:10 (.26)
· SRS – Michel stands up
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 310- 0:55:10 -0:55:12 (.02)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 311- 0:55:12 -0:55:16 (.04)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 312- 0:55:16 -0:55:21 (.05)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 313- 0:55:21 -0:55:25 (.04)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 314- 0:55:25 -0:55:48 (.23)
· SRS – Inspector
· Camera tilts up and pans right as inspector approaches the door
· Cut to

Shot 315- 0:55:48 -0:55:54 (.06)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 316- 0:55:54 -0:55:56 (.02)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 317- 0:55:56 -0:56:02 (.06)
· SRS – Inspector
· Cut to

Shot 318- 0:56:02 -0:56:05 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 319- 0:56:05 -0:56:39 (.34)
· Inspector leaves
· Camera tracks back as Michel stops, turns and leaves through the front door
· Dissolve

Total: 4’57” (297sec)/37 shots = 8” ASL

SCENE 29: Michel goes to see Jane

Shot 320- 0:56:39 -0:56:44 (.05)
· MCU – Jane opens the door and Michel enters her apartment
· Dissolve

Shot 321- 0:56:44 -0:56:55 (.11)
· MS – Jane and Michel talk about Jane’s visit at the police station
· Cut to

Shot 322- 0:56:55 -0:56:56 (.01)
· SRS – Jane
· Cut to

Shot 323- 0:56:56 -0:57:02 (.06)
· SRS – Michel: “Didn’t you know?”
· Cut to

Shot 324- 0:57:02 -0:57:05 (.03)
· SRS – Jane: “What?”
· Cut to

Shot 325- 0:57:05 -0:57:08 (.03)
· SRS – Now you know?”
· Cut to

Shot 326- 0:57:08 -0:57:12 (.04)
· SRS – Jane, silent
· Cut to

Shot 327- 0:57:12 -0:57:28 (.16)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera reframes as he walks
· Cut to

Shot 328- 0:57:28 -0:57:30 (.02)
· SRS – Jane
· Cut to

Shot 329- 0:57:30 -0:57:48 (.18)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera reframes as he walks
· Cut to

Shot 330- 0:57:48 -0:57:52 (.04)
· SRS – Jane
· Cut to

Shot 331- 0:57:52 -0:57:55 (.03)
· SRS – Michel tells Jane that he will be stopped by the police
· Cut to

Shot 332- 0:57:55 -0:58:05 (.10)
· SRS – Jane sits down and cover hers face
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 333- 0:58:05 -0:58:08 (.03)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 334- 0:58:08 -0:58:16 (.08)
· SRS – Jane says that there is nothing lower than a thief (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 335- 0:58:16 -0:58:26 (.10)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera pans as he walks
· Cut to

Shot 336- 0:58:26 -0:58:32 (.06)
· SRS – Jane stands up
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 337- 0:58:32 -0:58:37 (.05)
· SRS – Michel tells Jane that she accepts anything: a drinking father, a mother who elopes…
· Cut to

Shot 338- 0:58:37 -0:58:43 (.06)
· SRS – Jane
· Cut to

Shot 339- 0:58:43 -0:58:45 (.02)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 340- 0:58:45 -0:58:52 (.07)
· SRS – Jane: “I don’t know. Maybe everything has a reason.”
· Cut to

Shot 341- 0:58:52 -0:59:03 (.11)
· SRS – Michel asks her if she is really naïve
· Cut to

Shot 342- 0:59:03 -0:59:05 (.02)
· SRS – Jane, silent
· Cut to

Shot 343- 0:59:05 -0:59:14 (.09)
· SRS – Michel asks Jane if she thinks that he is a thief
· Jane walks out of the frame, Michel approaches her and camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 344- 0:59:14 -0:59:19 (.05)
· SRS – Jane says yes
· Cut to

Shot 345- 0:59:19 -0:59:22 (.03)
· SRS – Michel: “Then I won’t give you my hand.”
· Cut to

Shot 346- 0:59:22 -0:59:33 (.11)
· SRS – Jane puts her arms around Michel
· Camera reframes slightly
· Cut to

Shot 347- 0:59:33 -0:59:36 (.03)
· SRS -Michel shortly embraces Jane
· Cut to

Shot 348- 0:59:36 -0:59:43 (.07)
· SRS -Jane says: “You will be leaving?”
· Cut to

Shot 349- 0:59:43 -0:59:55 (.12)
· SRS – Michel exits
· Dissolve

Total: 3’16” (196sec)/30 shots = 7” ASL

SCENE 30: Time Spent Abroad

Shot 350- 0:59:55 -1:00:03 (.08)
· Michel walks up the stairs
· Camera tracks
· Cut to

Shot 351- 1:00:03 -1:00:40 (.37)
· MS – Michel takes the money and the watch from his room
· Camera reframes his movement
· Cut to

Shot 352- 1:00:40 -1:00:48 (.08)
· Michel walks down the stairs
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 353- 1:00:48 -1:00:56 (.08)
· MS – Michel exits the building
· Cut to

Shot 354- 1:00:56 -1:01:01 (.05)
· MS – Michel calls a taxi
· Camera tracks forward
· Dissolve

Shot 355- 1:01:01 -1:01:19 (.18)
· MCU – Michel is in the taxi
· Voice over: “Would they let me reach the station?”
· Cut to

Shot 356- 1:01:19 -1:01:28 (.09)
· MS – Michel exits from the taxi
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 357- 1:01:28 -1:01:49 (.21)
· LS/MS – Michel enters the station and buys a ticket
· Cut to

Shot 358- 1:01:49 -1:02:05 (.16)
· MLS – Michel passes the gate
· Camera tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 359- 1:02:05 -1:02:18 (.13)
· MS – Michel enters the train
· Camera tracks laterally
· Cut to

Shot 360- 1:02:18 -1:02:38 (.20)
· Michel inside the wagon (low angle)
· Voice over: “I’ll never forget that minute.”
· Crane shot right reveals the sign “Paris-Milan”
· Dissolve

Shot 361- 1:02:38 -1:02:58 (.20)
· CU – Diary: “From Milan I went down to Rome. After that, England. During my 2 years in London, I was in luck. But girls and gambling made me loose most of my dough. I went back to Paris as before.”
· Dissolve

Shot 362- 1:02:58 -1:03:13 (.15)
· LS – Michel comes back to Paris
· Dissolve

Total: 3’18” (198sec)/13 shots = 14”ASL

SCENE 31: Michel goes to see Jane and learns what has happened while he was away

Shot 363- 1:03:13 -1:03:23 (.10)
· MLS – Michel walks up the stairs
· Voice over: “I was there again without knowing how.”
· Camera reframes
· Cut to

Shot 364- 1:03:23 -1:03:59 (.36)
· MLS – Michel enters the empty room
· Voice over: “The place seemed empty. Why was I looking at that kid?”
· Camera tracks back, tilts down (the movement reveals a child for a short moment)
· Jane enters the room
· Dissolve

Shot 365- 1:03:59 -1:04:01 (.02)
· SRS – Michel: “What did your father say?”
· Cut to

Shot 366- 1:04:01 -1:04:06 (.05)
· SRS – Jane explains her situation
· Cut to

Shot 367- 1:04:06 -1:04:10 (.04)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 368- 1:04:10 -1:04:13 (.03)
· SRS – Jane
· Cut to

Shot 369- 1:04:13 -1:04:15 (.02)
· SRS – Michel: “Why didn’t he marry you?”
· Cut to

Shot 370- 1:04:15 -1:04:19 (.04)
· SRS – Jane tells Michel that she did not want to marry Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 371- 1:04:19 -1:04:20 (.01)
· SRS – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 372- 1:04:20 -1:04:26 (.06)
· SRS – Jane: “I didn’t want to dupe him.”
· Cut to

Shot 373- 1:04:26 -1:04:28 (.02)
· SRS – Michel asks if she did not love Jacques
· Cut to

Shot 374- 1:04:28 -1:04:33 (.05)
· SRS – Jane says not enough
· Cut to

Shot 375- 1:04:33 -1:04:36 (.03)
· SRS – Michel asks where Jacques is now
· Cut to

Shot 376- 1:04:36 -1:04:40 (.04)
· SRS – Jane says that she has not seen him in 3 months
· Cut to

Shot 377- 1:04:40 -1:04:59 (.19)
· Camera tilts as Michel stands up
· SRS – Michel: “I’ll help you. I’ll take care of your kid.”
· Cut to

Shot 378- 1:04:59 -1:05:12 (.13)
· SRS – Jane says “No, you must go…and never come back here.” and she stands up
· Camera tilts up as she stands
· Cut to

Shot 379- 1:05:12 -1:05:23 (.11)
· SRS – Michel tells Jane to let him try
· Camera pans right as Michel leaves
· Fade out

Total: 2’10” (130sec)/17 shots = 8” ASL

SCENE 32: Michel helps Jane financially

Shot 380- 1:05:23 -1:05:37 (.14)
· Fade in
· CU – envelope
· Camera reframes (MS) as Michel takes the envelope and then tracks back
· Cut to

Shot 381- 1:05:37 -1:05:53 (.16)
· MS – Michel walks into an empty bar
· Camera reframes as he takes the envelope out
· Dissolve

Shot 382- 1:05:53 -1:06:05 (.12)
· CU – envelope in Jane’s
· Camera tilts up and dollies out slightly
· Cut to

Shot 383- 1:06:05 -1:06:08 (.03)
· Michel walks down the stairs (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 384- 1:06:08 -1:06:18 (.10)
· MCU – Jane retreats into her apartment
· Fade out

Total: 55” (55sec)/5 shots = 11” ASL

SCENE 33: Michel at the Bar

Shot 385- 1:06:18 -1:06:32 (.14)
Fade in
· Camera tracks forward to follow Michel to the door of a bar
· MS – Michel enters the bar
· Voice over: “The Police didn’t bother me any longer.”
· Dissolve

Shot 386- 1:06:32 -1:07:03 (.31)
· MS – Michel sips his drink. He observes a man at the bar (reading a newspaper)
· Camera tracks forward, tilts up and down and pans right
· Cut to

Shot 387- 1:07:03 -1:07:08 (.05)
· CU – newspaper (high angle)
· Dissolve

Total: 50” (50sec)/3 shots = 17” ASL

SCENE 34: Michel is back stealing at the race tracks- he gets caught

Shot 388- 1:07:08 -1:07:19 (.11)
· MS – Michel is at the race track
· Camera tracks back to follow him as he walks away from betting stall
· Cut to

Shot 389- 1:07:19 -1:07:21 (.02)
· LS – same man that was in the bar
· Cut to

Shot 390- 1:07:21 -1:07:23 (.02)
· MCU – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 391- 1:07:23 -1:07:37 (.14)
· Man from the bar
· Dissolve

Shot 392- 1:07:37 -1:07:48 (.11)
· MS – Michel and the man walk side by side
· Camera pans
· Cut to

Shot 393- 1:07:48 -1:07:54 (.06)
· CU – race sign (low angle)
· Cut to

Shot 394- 1:07:54 -1:08:05 (.11)
· MCU – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 395- 1:08:05 -1:08:11 (.06)
· CU – sign (low angle)
· Cut to

Shot 396- 1:08:11 -1:08:20 (.09)
· MCU – Michel begins to walk
· Camera tracks back with him
· Cut to

Shot 397- 1:08:20 -1:08:37 (.17)
· LS/MCU – Michel and the man talk about the winnings
· Camera tracks forward and tilts down to reveal money in the man’s inner pocket
· Cut to

Shot 398- 1:08:37 -1:08:49 (.12)
· MCU – Michel walks behind the man
· Voice over: “Was I wrong…? Funny: the winner wasn’t the horse he’d bet on.”
· Camera slightly tracks to follow
· Dissolve

Shot 399- 1:08:49 -1:08:57 (.08)
· MCU – Michel is at the race, the man from the bar is standing behind him. Composition is almost identical to first scene at racetrack, his first crime
· Cut to

Shot 400- 1:08:57 -1:09:04 (.07)
· CU – Michel’s hand approaches a man’s jacket
· Camera tilts to follow hand
· Cut to

Shot 401- 1:09:04 -1:09:11 (.07)
· MCU – Michel watching the race
· Cut to

Shot 402- 1:09:11 -1:09:16 (.05)
· CU – hand
· Camera tilts
· Cut to

Shot 403- 1:09:16 -1:09:28 (.12)
· MCU – Michel
· Voice over: “I read mischief in his eyes.”
· Cut to

Shot 404- 1:09:28 -1:09:37 (.09)
· CU – hand reaches the pocket
· Camera tilts up coat following hand
· Cut to

Shot 405- 1:09:37 -1:09:44 (.07)
· MCU – Michel
· Cut to

Shot 406- 1:09:44 -1:09:59 (.15)
· CU – the money
· Camera tilts down to follow the hand with the money but another hand enters to manacle Michel’s wrist
· Fade out

Total: 2’51” (171sec)/19 shots = 9” ASL

SCENE 35: Michel in prison – Jane visits

Shot 407- 1:09:59 -1:10:24 (.25)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel is in the prison
· Camera reframes, tracks back and pans left
· Dissolve

Shot 408- 1:10:24 -1:10:33 (.09)
· SRS – Michel in the visitor’s room (high angle): “These walls, those bars…I don’t care…I don’t even see them. It’s that thought.”
· Cut to

Shot 409- 1:10:33 -1:10:36 (.03)
· SRS – Jane: “What thought?”
· Cut to

Shot 410- 1:10:36 -1:10:47 (.11)
· SRS – Michel (filmed in slight high angle framed through mesh throughout scene)
· Cut to

Shot 411- 1:10:47 -1:10:51 (.04)
· SRS – Jane asks Michel if he is suffering
· Cut to

Shot 412- 1:10:51 -1:10:53 (.02)
· SRS – Michel: “I confessed everything.”
· Cut to

Shot 413- 1:10:53 -1:10:56 (.03)
· SRS – Jane: “They will take it into account.”
· Cut to

Shot 414- 1:10:56 -1:11:03 (.07)
· SRS – Michel: “During the preliminary investigation, I’ll deny it.”
· Cut to

Shot 415- 1:11:03 -1:11:06 (.03)
· SRS – Jane
· Cut to

Shot 416- 1:11:06 -1:11:09 (.03)
· SRS – Michel asks Jane why did she come to see him
· Cut to

Shot 417- 1:11:09 -1:11:14 (.05)
· SRS – Jane: “I have only you.”
· Cut to

Shot 418- 1:11:14 -1:11:21 (.07)
· SRS – Michel: “Must I admit that I’m bad, and that you win? I don’t need anybody.”
· Cut to

Shot 419- 1:11:21 -1:11:25 (.04)
· SRS – Jane stands up
· Camera tilts up
· Cut to

Shot 420- 1:11:25 -1:11:27 (.02)
· SRS – Michel: “Don’t go.”
· Cut to

Shot 421- 1:11:27 -1:11:31 (.04)
· SRS – Jane sits back
· Camera tilts back down
· Cut to

Shot 422- 1:11:31 -1:11:44 (.13)
· SRS – Michel stands up and exits
· Camera reframes right
· Fade out

Total: 1’45” (105sec)/16 shots = 7” ASL

SCENE 36: Michel in his cell – he realizes that he loves Jane

Shot 423- 1:11:44 -1:12:30 (.46)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel is in his prison cell
· Camera reframes as he goes to the door and back to his bed.
· Voice over: “There was something I hadn’t told her. Why should I live? I hadn’t decided yet. Jane didn’t return.”
· Fade out

Total: 46” (46sec)/1 shot = 46” ASL

SCENE 37: Jane’s 2nd visit

Shot 424- 1:12:30 -1:12:39 (.09)
· Fade in
· MS – Michel receives a letter
· Cut to

Shot 425- 1:12:39 -1:12:53 (.14)
· CU – letter (high angle): “The kid has been ill for 3 weeks. Now he is better and I will soon come to see you. Jane.”
· Cut to

Shot 426- 1:12:53 -1:13:07 (.14)
· MS – Michel in the cell
· Voice over: “When I read that, my heart beat violently.”
· Camera tilts to frame the letter as Michel sits down
· Dissolve

Shot 427- 1:13:07 -1:13:30 (.23)
· MS – Michel stands up
· Camera tilts up, tracks back and pans right as Michel leaves his cell to visit with Jane
· Cut to

Shot 428- 1:13:30 -1:13:36 (.06)
· MCU – Michel walks in to the visitor’s room
· Cut to

Shot 429- 1:13:36 -1:13:38 (.02)
· SRS –Jane (high angle)
· Cut to

Shot 430- 1:13:38 -1:13:46 (.08)
· SRS – Michel
· Camera slightly reframes on Michel as he nears the mesh separating him from Jane
· Cut to

Shot 431- 1:13:46 -1:13:49 (.03)
· SRS – Jane
· Cut to

Shot 432- 1:13:49 -1:14:07 (.18)
· SRS – Jane approaches Michel
· Voice over: “Then a sweet light came up.”
· Cut to

Shot 433- 1:14:07 -1:14:30 (.23)
· SRS – Michel kisses Jane returns the kiss on his hand
· Voice over: “O Jane, in order to reach you…what a strange way I had to take.”
· Camera dollies in to CU of their embraced faces
· Fade out

Total: 2’00” (120sec)/10 shots = 12” ASL

1:14:30 – 1:14:41 (.11) – Final Credits

Total running time of film 1’14’41” (4481sec)
Total running time of film minus credits 1’12’38” (4358sec)/433 shots = 10 ASL

Volume 8, Issue 4 / April 2004 Essays cinematographyfilm historyfilm stylefrench cinemarobert bresson