1952. France. Jacques Becker. 96 min.
Friday, February 8, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1952. France. Directed by Jacques Becker. With Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Gaston Modot. Becker (1906–1960) was an assistant, and a kind of surrogate son, to Jean Renoir. This film represents the seamier black-and-white underbelly of fin-de-siècle Paris (the splendor of which Renoir would portray in such vibrant colors a few years later in French Cancan). Signoret was just coming off her cameo in Max Ophuls’s great La Ronde (as was Reggiani), and was about to embark on her marriage to Yves Montand and an international career of over 30 years as one of the cinema’s brightest stars. In French; English subtitles. 96 min.