Jacques Becker

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Jacques Becker
BirthplaceParis, France
Film director
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Becker, Jacques


Born Sept. 15, 1906, in Paris; died there on Feb. 21, 1960. French motion picture director.

Becker was involved in cinema from 1932 and was assistant director to J. Renoir. Becker’s first significant independent work was the film The Last Trump Card (1942). His work is distinguished by restraint of emotion, precision, grace, and deep interest in the revelation of human character. His best works are Goupi, Red Hands (1943), Antoine and Antoinetta (1947), The Golden Helmet (1952), Don’t Touch the Spoils (1954), Montparnasse, 19 (1958), and The Hole (1960).


Zhak Bekker: Vyskazyvaniia, fil’my. [Moscow, 1969.]
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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There he trucked in reels of films from Stockholm, including several of his favourite works -- among them "Moliere" (1978) by French director Ariane Mnouchkine and Jacques Becker's "Golden Helmet" (1952) as well as a string of classics by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
So it's fitting that this year's Retrospective section of the New York Film Festival will focus on Tavernier's three-hour-plus documentary "My Journey Through French Cinema," which details the filmmaker's myriad cinematic influences, from Jacques Becker to Jean Renoir.
It is also a nod to Jacques Becker's 1945 melodrama "Paris Frills" ("Falbalas") in which one of the characters sees his lost love in a mannequin.
The revival of interest in the Great War since the 1970s, inspired by the work of Jacques Becker, has emphasized the "new military history," producing a spate of work on the mentality of the poilus and the dynamics of the home front, the war's destructive effects, and its eschatological consequences.
The fest's many showcases include a complete retrospective of French filmmaker Jacques Becker, admired by the likes of Francois Truffaut and Jean Luc Godard, featuring 13 restored prints.
His best known film role was in Jacques Becker's "Casque d'or" (1951) as Manda, whose love for Simone Signoret's blonde-haired "Golden Helmet" led to the guillotine.
When the festival opened to international productions in 1958, French cinema rushed in, from Jacques Becker's "Montparnasse 19" to Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless," the film that launched the Nouvelle Vague movement.