The Pawnbroker
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Critically acclaimed Rod Steiger plays Sol Nazerman, a Jewish pawnbroker who survived imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp, even though his wife and family did not. The devastating experience and unrelenting memories inhibit Sol from emotional involvement with life. He has no faith in religion and less in mankind. Though he carries on an affair with a woman who was also a victim of the Nazi camps, it is without emotion and Sol grows increasingly bitter and callous, withdrawing still further from the world around him. As his small shop in Harlem is run with little care or attention, it… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film makes its point with narrative economy and emotional sophistication in a socially complex contemporary context."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"One of the first Hollywood films to deal with the Holocaust, The Pawnbroker is thematically and stylistically innovative, borrowing some of its devices from the French New Wave, such as brief flashbacks, stylized b/w imagery, and jazzy score."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"creates some haunting images and gives Rod Steiger a chance to blossom"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Dramatizes the psychological impact of the Nazi concentration camps, while drawing parallels to contemporary conditions of New York City ghetto life"
‑ Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide
"An unpleasant, solemn and overwrought melodrama about an embittered Jewish Holocaust survivor still haunted by his stay in Auschwitz."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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