235 Great Directors: Jacques Becker

“Since I wrote while seeing the scenes, I had the charcters say the minimum things necessary for the understanding of the situation. It is in as much as it was written by a director that there is that tone. . . do you understand? A character enters, there are two guys who are waiting for him. He gestures to go back outside and says, “I’m coming back”. There is no need to say anything else.”

What Got This Director Here?
: His three major films.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: Casque D’Or.

Where Does He Fit: Casque D’Or’s debt to the older French directors, particularly Renoir but with a lot of Duvivier thrown in, is notable. Who cares, though, with Simone Signoret giving a performance straight out of an Ophuls movie, a slow decline that isn’t really her fault yet she willingly surrounds herself with terrible men. She would go on to win an Oscar in a few years, but this is deeply satisfying work, a tale of the underworld devouring itself over one woman’s misdeed…of falling in love with a reformed criminal, leading to death and destruction and red tape tying everyone and everything up.


Most Valuable Asset: Gritty Renoir stylings.
Most Excited For: Le Trou.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: If the other two are this good, sure.

Coming Up Next: Francesco Rosi, Italian crime director.

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