Directors MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #220 - THE FILMS OF JACQUES BECKER

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  1. Brook K

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    Volume #220: Jacques Becker

    Trou, Le (1960)
    ... aka The Hole
    ... aka The Night Watch (USA)
    Amants de Montparnasse (Montparnasse 19), Les (1958)
    ... aka Modigliani of Montparnasse (USA)
    ... aka The Lovers of Montparnasse (UK)
    The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (1957)
    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954)
    Touchez pas au grisbi (1954)
    ... aka Hands Off the Loot
    Françoise Steps Out (1953)
    Casque d'or (1952)
    ... aka Golden Helmet
    ... aka Golden Marie
    Edward and Caroline (1951)
    Rendezvous in July (1949)
    Antoine and Antoinette (1947)
    Paris Frills (1945)
    It Happened at the Inn (1943)
    Dernier atout (1942)
    Cristobal's Gold (1940) (some scenes)
    The People of France (1936)
    ... aka The People of France
    Commissaire est bon enfant, le gendarme est sans pitié, Le (1935)
    Tête de turc (1935)
    ... aka Une tête qui rapporte
     
  2. Brook K

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    A director I'm familiar with thanks to Criterion. Becker served as an assistant to Jean Renoir in the 30's, made a few short projects and then entered the military. Upon release from a Nazi prison camp, he began directing in earnest, but only completed 13 films before dying in his 50's.

    1. Casque d'Or - A (Beautifully done period crime film/romance. One of, if not the, best "new" films I've seen this year)
    2. Le Trou - A- (one of the best prison escape films, Becker masterfully builds suspense while showing us the prisoner's preparations in absolutely meticulous detail. The use of sound editing is superb.)
    3. Touchez Pas au Grisbi - A- (Gabin is at his best here as a weary gangster ready to leave the game, but who feels obligated to help a friend out of a fix)

    Own: 1

    Would love to see more of his films
     
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    I've never heard of this guy, nor seen any of his films, yet I recognize many of his titles, which are on my to rent list for one reason or another.
     
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    JACQUES BECKER (1906 - 1960)


    Trou, Le (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Amants de Montparnasse, Les (1958)
    The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954)
    Touchez pas au grisbi (1954) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Françoise Steps Out (1953)
    Casque d'or (1952) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Edward and Caroline (1951)
    Rendezvous in July (1949)
    Antoine and Antoinette (1947)
    Paris Frills (1945)
    Goupi mains rouges (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Dernier atout (1942)
    Cristobal's Gold (1940)
    The People of France (1936)
    Commissaire est bon enfant, le gendarme est sans pitié, Le (1935)
    Tête de turc (1935)
     
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    Rated from [​IMG] to [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Titles in RED
    are theatrical screenings

    Jacques Becker
    Sep 15, 1906 - Feb 21, 1960

    Le Trou (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Lovers of Montparnasse (1958)
    The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (1957)
    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954)
    Touchez pas au grisbi (1954) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Françoise Steps Out (1953)
    Casque d'or (1952) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Edward and Caroline (1951)
    Rendezvous in July (1949)
    Antoine and Antoinette (1947)
    Paris Frills (1945)
    It Happened at the Inn (1943)
    Dernier atout (1942)
    Cristobal's Gold (1940) (some scenes)
    The People of France (1936)
    Commissaire est bon enfant, le gendarme est sans pitié, Le (1935)
    Tête de turc (1935)

    Seen 1
    Own 3
     
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    In order of merit:


    1.Casque D'Or (1952) ****
    2.Le Trou (1960) ***1/2
    3.Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954) ***
    4.The Adventures Of Arsène Lupin (1957) ***


    Unfortunately, I've yet to pick up any of the Criterion Beckers and I also have FALBALAS aka PARIS FRILLS (1945) on VHS; I'd be interested in catching up with the rest of his feature films.
     
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    Trou, Le (1960) - 9/10
    Touchez pas au grisbi (1954) - 8/10
    Casque d'or (1952) - 6/10
     
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    Le Trou (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)

    Seen 1
    Own 3
     
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    Goupi mains rouges (1943)
     
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    The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (1957)
     

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