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Jacques Becker: Poet of the Commonplace

An assistant to Jean Renoir before making his own films, Jacques Becker was much admired by François Truffaut and other members of the Nouvelle Vague but is little known outside of cinephile circles nowadays. Jacques Becker: Poet of the Commonplace re-examines his body of work, through which he chronicled everyday life in postwar Paris and also revealed a fondness for Hollywood cinema and jazz. The series of eight films includes Casque d’Or (1952), a tragic love story set during the Belle Époque and starring Simone Signoret and Serge Reggiani; Touchez pas au grisbi (1954), starring Jean Gabin as an aging gangster whose plans to retire from crime are upended; and Le Trou (1960), a reality-based prison-break drama shot with amateur actors.