Jacques Becker

UC Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive

The films of Jacques Becker, shown in conjunction with Bertrand Tavernier's passionate look at the history of French film, My Journey Through French Cinema. Born in Paris in 1906, Becker spent two years in a German POW camp during World War II before returning to France in 1941 to direct Dernier atout, a gangster film, inspired by American crime films, that prefigured such later crime classics as Touchez pas au grisbi, one of French cinema's most influential noirs.

This is what SF/Arts curator Sura Wood had to say about Jacques Becker :

His sensibility informed by a two-year stint in a German POW camp in WWII, Jacques Becker returned to France and made the gangster movie “Dernier Atout,” which presaged his 1954 masterpiece “Touchez Pas Au Grisbi.” Though Becker may not be a household name to American audiences, that classic heist film, starring a knockout pairing of Jeanne Moreau and Jean Gabin—a cast doesn’t get better than this—is considered by many the best French noir made.

Event Info
Jul 12 → Aug 31
Sun, Wed, Thu 11 am-7 pm; Fri & Sat 11 am-9 pm
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street , Berkeley
Info: 510-642-0808
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