Jules Dassin's Rififi led me to Robert Bresson's Pickpocket (1959), with its dazzling silent stretches of intricate criminal choreography. Pickpocket is my second Bresson film. As in Diary of a Country Priest (1951), a notebook grants access to the protagonist's inner life. A pattern? I must see more Bresson.
[I know that those who have done these things usually keep quiet, and that those who talk haven't done them. And yet I have done them.]
Pickpocket (The Criterion Collection)
Pocket notebook sightings in Rififi
Pocket notebook sighting (in Diary of a Country Priest)