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Jacques Becker 

 

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Director / Screenwriter / Actor
1906 - 1960 
Born September 15, Paris, France
Key Production Country: France 
Key Genres: Drama, Crime Drama, Comedy Drama
Key Collaborators: Marguerite Renoir (Editor), Maurice Griffe (Screenwriter), Jean-Jacques Grunenwald (Composer), Gaston Modot (Character Player), Paul Barge (Leading Character Player), Daniel Gelin (Leading Player), Robert Le Febvre (Cinematographer), Pierre Montazel (Cinematographer), Jean Wiener (Composer), Jean d'Eaubonne (Production Designer)
Highly Recommended: Casque d'or (1952), Touchez pas au Grisbi (1953), Le Trou (1959)
Recommended: Antoine et Antoinette (1947), Rendez-vous de Juillet (1949), Edouard et Caroline (1950)
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1,000 Greatest Films: Casque d'or (1952), Le Trou (1959)
 
Touchez pas au Grisbi (1953)Le Trou (1959)Casque d'or (1952)Rendez-vous de Juillet (1949)
 
     
  "Becker was adept at evoking the everyday lives of ordinary people, alert to delicate emotional nuances, and endowed with a strong sense of time, place and social milieu. If his work is now underrated, that is perhaps because he placed greater emphasis on characters and relationships than on narrative complexity." - Geoff Andrew (The Director's Vision, 1999)  
     
  "Becker was interested in what the cinema could do just as he was interested in what men and women do. Never searching for the extraordinary, he would go to endless lengths to bring out not some abstract rhythm in the lives of people (as René Clair) did but the true style and rhythm of their sensibilities." - Dudley Andrew (International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, 1991)  
     
  "Becker was a humane, observant, and inventive director who seemed willed into films by his apprenticeship with Jean Renoir...He lacked the master's innate passion for cinema, and he never properly discovered either a style or a subject matter in which he could immerse himself." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002)  
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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