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Street Thief
     

Street Thief

 
A pair of filmmakers spend several weeks getting inside the mind of a master thief in this mock documentary from first-time directors Malik Bader and Miles Harrison. Kaspar Carr is a professional burglar who lives and works in Chicago. Carr loves his job and is good at it, and two documentary filmmakers are granted access to his private

Overview

A pair of filmmakers spend several weeks getting inside the mind of a master thief in this mock documentary from first-time directors Malik Bader and Miles Harrison. Kaspar Carr is a professional burglar who lives and works in Chicago. Carr loves his job and is good at it, and two documentary filmmakers are granted access to his private world when he agrees to let them make a film about him. The sharp-tongued and strongly opinionated Carr proves to be a fascinating subject as he discusses his philosophy, his working methods, and his feelings about his victims. However, the documentarians are goaded to move to the next level when Carr invites them to tag along as he pulls a few jobs, and they find themselves not merely documenting the actions of a thief but taking part in his life of crime. When Carr disappears during a robbery of a movie theater, the film crew is left wondering what to do and what has become of their protagonist. Deliberately blurring the line between truth and fiction, Street Thief's co-director Malik Bader also stars as Kaspar Carr.

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Shot by Ken Seng in cinéma vérité style, directed by and starring Malik Bader, and produced by his brother Sam Bader, Street Thief is so convincingly faked it's easy to mistake for a documentary, and that's part of the appeal. The film follows "Kaspar Carr" as he cases and breaks into Hispanic grocery stores, nightclubs, and a movie theater; some of the crimes are reenactments based on the exploits of criminals the Bader brothers knew growing up on Chicago's South Side. Kaspar is despicably charismatic; he bullies the documentary crew, is disdainful of the working stiff, and is brilliant and skillful in all the wrong ways. His arrogant motor-mouth monologues delivered while showing off his tools and disguises or scoping out joints are enormously entertaining. His scorn is his appeal, the audience his patsy, willing to be duped for the vicarious thrill of taking part in his crimes. Carr fits right into the love-to-hate-me tradition of cinematic criminals stretching from Scarface to GoodFellas' Henry Hill and raises plenty of issues about the nature of their allure. It also raises issues about filmmaker responsibility and how far someone may be willing to go to entertain his or her audience. In recreating actual crimes, the Bader brothers apparently committed some violations themselves, and Sam was arrested for an unrelated delivery truck hijacking in April of 2006. Whatever the truth, it seems the Baders are as skilled in the art of self-promotion as Carr.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
UPC:
0733961776447
Original Release:
2006
Source:
A&E Home Video
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Deleted scene; Trailer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Street Thief
1. Surveillance [4:38]
2. Kaspar Carr [5:21]
3. Statesville [5:43]
4. Food Bazaar [6:16]
5. South Watermarket [8:59]
6. Helmet-Cam [9:53]
7. Northern Woods [8:55]
8. 12:03 AM [7:39]
9. 9:23 PM [9:27]
10. 3 Days Later [8:39]
11. 2 Months Later [7:44]
12. Credits [1:32]

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