Rendezvous in August: Discovering Jacques Becker

Rendezvous in July

Jacques Becker

RESTORED DIGITAL PRESENTATION!

Recently restored, Becker's portrait of postwar Parisian youths tooling through the city's summertime streets, cruising the Seine in their amphibious car, and bopping to American jazz in smoky Left Bank grotto clubs has as much freshness and energy as its dandyish young actors. The film focuses on Lucien (Daniel Gélin), an ethnology student and would-be filmmaker (think Jean Rouch) who escapes his family and martinet father and tries to raise funds to go make anthropological movies in Africa; and Thérèse (Brigitte Auber), an aspiring actor in a play by a neophyte author who is suddenly struck with stage fright. Reflecting the director's lifelong love of jazz and revealing a genuine curiosity about and empathy with characters half his age, Rendezvous in July anticipates the French youth culture and rebellion of the '60s. "Superabundant in charm, wit, and soul" (Glenn Kenny, The New York Times).

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