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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.
September 15, 1906, Paris, France
February 21, 1960
? A Day in the CountryFirst Assistant Director and Seminarian (uncredited) 1932 Night at the CrossroadsAssistant Director and Production Manager 1936 La Vie est à nousDirector 1937 Grand IllusionFirst Assistant Director and L'officier anglais (uncredited) 1943 It Happened at the InnDirector and Adaptation 1945 Paris FrillsWriter and Director 1947 Antoine and AntoinetteDirector and Writer 1949 Rendezvous in JulyDirector 1951 Edward and CarolineWriter and Director 1952 Casque d'OrScreenplay, Adaptation, and Director 1954 Touchez Pas au GrisbiDirector and Adaptation 1954 Ali Baba and the Forty ThievesDirector and Writer 1957 The Adventures of Arsène LupinDirector and Writer 1958 The Lovers of MontparnasseDirector 1960 Le TrouDialogue, Director, and AdaptationLimited to the 15 most popular items