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May 27, 2022

Join your hosts as they race the clock to adumbrate the myriad merits of French Golden Age Master, Jacques Becker! We key in on the director’s ingenious use of diverse genres to drop diegetic depth charges into the abyss of gendered subjectivity at midcentury. From the nerve-wracking rom-complications of Antoine et Antoinette to the Bert n’ Ernie gangster pyjama party of Touchez pas au grisbi, no four films have ever done a better (or more rapturously entertaining) job of laying bare the unbecoming banality of being under Patriarchy.


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:    ANTOINE ET ANTOINETTE (1947) [dir. Jacques Becker]

0h 36m 27s:    RENDEZ-VOUS DE JUILLET (1949) [dir. Jacques Becker]

0h 56m 15s:    CASQUE D’OR (1952) [dir. Jacques Becker]

1h 21m 51s:    TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (1954) [dir. Jacques Becker]



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