Jacques Becker

Born in September 15th, 1906

From Paris, France

Jacques Becker Biography

Jacques Becker (French: [bɛkɛʁ]; 15 September 1906 – 21 February 1960) was a French screenwriter and film director. Becker first worked in the 1930s as an assistant to director Jean Renoir during what is considered the latter's peak period, including such works as Partie de campagne (1936) and La Grande Illusion (1937). In the early part of World War II, Becker was held in a German prisoner-of-war camp for a year.

During the Nazi occupation of France, he became a film director in his own right and he also joined the Comité de libération du cinéma français. He would go on to direct the period romance Casque d'or (1952), the influential gangster film Touchez pas au grisbi (1954), and the prison escape drama Le Trou (1959). While he remains lesser-known internationally than peers such as Marcel Carné and Renoir, Becker is nonetheless regarded as a major French filmmaker, with Casque d'or held in high esteem among film critics.

Becker died at the age of 53 in 1960 and was interred in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jacques Becker, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jacques Becker Filmography

Le Trou Poster
May 26, 1964
The Lovers of Montparnasse Poster
February 28, 1961
Touchez Pas au Grisbi Poster
July 10, 1959
Casque d'Or Poster
August 18, 1952
Edward and Caroline Poster
April 29, 1952
Life Is Ours Poster
December 4, 1937
Grand Illusion Poster
September 12, 1937