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Jacques Becker Classics in August

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of three titles directed by Jacques Becker on 6th August 2007. Born in Paris in 1906, Becker’s initial interest in film was stimulated by King Vidor, whose offer of a job in the US he turned down. Preferring to remain in France he became assistant to family friend Jean Renoir and worked with him during his career peak from 1932 to 1939. After surviving a year in a German POW camp in 1942, he began his career as a director. Although only amassing a body of work numbering 13 films in total, he is one of the few old school French directors admired by the New Wave – for both his technically and artistic mastery alike. Becker is best remembered for the trio of films all released here individually and new to UK DVD: the atmospheric love story Casque D’Or, the thrilling prison escape drama Le Trou and the influential gangster picture Touchez Pas Au Grisbi.

Remastered and presented in their original aspect ratios with French Mono sound and English subtitles, extras are as follows…

Casque D’Or - None.

Le Trou - Presentation of the film by Patrick Raynal (Editor of the Gallimard ‘Serie Noire’) / Behind the Scenes featurette.

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi - Trailer.

Retail is £17.99 each.

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