Jacques Becker

July 12–August 31, 2018

From hardboiled crime sagas to breezy portraits of postwar Parisian life, the films of this classic French director are ripe for rediscovery.

  • Touchez pas au grisbi

  • Le trou

  • Antoine et Antoinette

  • Goupi mains-rouges

  • Casque d’or

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Upcoming Films

  • Antoine et Antoinette

    Jacques Becker
    France, 1947
    • Sunday, July 22 5 PM

    Becker’s “snappy, sentimental comic melodrama” (New Yorker) follows a young working-class couple and the husband’s desperate search for a missing lottery ticket in this portrait of changing proletarian life in postwar Paris.

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  • Casque d’or

    Jacques Becker
    France, 1952

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    • Friday, July 27 7 PM
    • Saturday, July 28 6 PM

    A dazzling Simone Signoret is caught between a gangster tough and an honest carpenter in Becker’s “elegant masterwork” (Time Out) set in turn-of-the century Paris. Signoret’s performance is “a triumph of sensuality” (Pauline Kael).

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  • Édouard et Caroline

    Jacques Becker
    France, 1951
    • Sunday, July 29 5 PM

    A pianist and his wife quarrel as they prepare for an upcoming recital in Becker’s airy, Lubitsch-like portrait of love and life in a slowly modernizing urban France, which was praised by—and inspired—Godard and Truffaut.

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  • The Lovers of Montparnasse

    Jacques Becker
    France, 1958
    • Thursday, August 2 7 PM

    The famed (and infamously wild) Italian artist Modigliani’s last days in Paris are reconstructed in Becker’s untamed biopic, a loving tribute to the city’s bohemian life.

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  • Rendezvous de Juillet

    Jacques Becker
    France, 1949
    • Saturday, August 4 8 PM

    A group of students, hepcats, and others spill through the streets of the Left Bank in search of love, life, and jazz in Becker’s spirited portrait of France’s emerging postwar generation, poised between existential despair and liberating action.

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  • Touchez pas au grisbi

    Jacques Becker
    France, Italy, 1953
    • Friday, August 10 7 PM
    • Saturday, August 18 6 PM

    French legend Jean Gabin is a Montmartre gangster looking to hide—and later find—his loot, with Jeanne Moreau as his tough-as-nails lover. A masterpiece of hard-boiled film noir, French style.

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  • Le trou

    Jacques Becker
    France, 1960
    • Sunday, August 12 7 PM
    • Friday, August 24 6:30 PM

    A group of convicts attempt an escape in Becker’s last film, one of the great prison-break movies and, for Jean-Pierre Melville, “the greatest French film of all time.”

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  • My Journey Through French Cinema

    Bertrand Tavernier
    France, 2017

    East Bay Premiere

    • Thursday, July 12 7 PM
    • Friday, August 17 7 PM

    A great director takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time. “Exhilarating and inspiring” (New York Times).

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  • La vie est à nous

    Jean Renoir, Jacques Becker, Jacques Brunius, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Swoboda, Pierre Unik, Maurice Lime, Jean-Paul Le Chanois
    France, 1936
    • Friday, August 31 4 PM

    The first militant left-wing film made in France, this lyrical cine-essay is a collective effort by some of the finest writers, directors, and cinematographers working in France in the thirties.

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Past Films

  • Falbalas

    • Friday, July 20 7 PM
    Jacques Becker
    France, 1944

    A talented, vain couturier runs roughshod over workers, friends, and lovers in Becker’s vividly realist drama of Parisian haute couture, a fascinating companion piece to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Jean-Paul Gaultier is a fan.

  • Dernier atout

    • Wednesday, July 18 7 PM
    Jacques Becker
    France, 1942

    Becker’s “official” directorial debut offers a suitably fast-moving tribute to Hollywood pre-Code programmers, as two rookie sleuths deal with a murderer, a beautiful femme fatale, and even a visiting Chicago gangster.

  • Goupi mains-rouges

    • Saturday, July 14 6 PM
    Jacques Becker
    France, 1943

    Imported 35mm Print

    A city slicker departs Paris for the provinces in Becker’s droll satire on city and country folk, family and outsiders, men and women. “Becker gave French cinema its greatest film about rural France” (Bernard Eisenschitz).

  • My Journey Through French Cinema

    • Thursday, July 12 7 PM
    • Friday, August 17 7 PM
    Bertrand Tavernier
    France, 2017

    East Bay Premiere

    A great director takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time. “Exhilarating and inspiring” (New York Times).