The Pettifogger

  • 65'
  • USA
  • 2011
In the words of Lewis Klahr himself, his first full-length film The Pettifogger is 'an abstract crime film, a sensorial exploration of the virulence of unfettered capitalism'. The life of the 'pettifogger', a petty criminal in the early 1960s, is collapsing thanks to his greed, his calculating nature and his weakness for playing cards for money. The further he descends, the more vague and enigmatic the story becomes.
The form is the same as Klahr developed in recent decades in his renowned short films: moving collages of found images, set against an equally eclectically compiled soundtrack.
The variation of materials used is enormous: not only comic strips in the style of Lichtenstein from which the protagonist comes, but also playing cards, poker markers and battered original photos. The many image repetitions, flashing lights and stunning shots complete the hypnotic effect.


Director
Lewis Klahr
Country of production
USA
Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
65'
Medium
HDcam
Language
English
Producer
Lewis Klahr
Sales
Lewis Klahr
Screenplay
Lewis Klahr
Cinematography
Lewis Klahr
Editor
Lewis Klahr
Sound Design
Lewis Klahr, Nathan Ruyle