Jacques Becker

Jacques Becker

In our continuing series from the French Noir season at the Ciné Lumiere, Alex King looks back at the career of one of the country’s most underrated directors – Jacques Becker

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Noir Anxiety

Noir Anxiety

Where would the cinema be without smoking guns, femmes fatales, gumshoe detectives and high-key lighting? Alex King enjoys a new book which takes a fresh look at film noir

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Respiro

Emanuele Crialese’s tale of life on a rural Italian island was a critical favourite at Cannes, and goes on general release later this month. Alex King ventures into the Sicilian sunshine and finds echoes of Vischonti and Satyajit Ray

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The Rules of Attraction

The Rules of Attraction

Sex, drugs and James van der Beek. No wonder this bombed at the box office. Roger Avary’s adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ novel received some of the most scathing reviews of recent months – but is it really as bad as everyone says? Alex King sits through a film that’s "more self indulgent than shocking"

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Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

They just don’t make ’em like this any more. Part horror, part Hollywood satire, Billy Wilder’s classic tale of film and faded stardom has recently returned to cinemas in a new print, forty three years after its original release. Alex King reckons it’s still way ahead of its time

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A Revenger’s Tragedy

A Revenger’s Tragedy

Alex Cox’s career has been nothing if not eclectic. His most recent film relocates Thomas Middleton’s Jacobean stage play to a dystopian Liverpool of the near future. Alex King applauds its ‘audacity and invention’

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