Rendezvous in July (Rendez-vous de juillet)
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Rendezvous in July (Rendez-vous de juillet)
Jacques Becker's Rendez-vous de Juillet has been credited as the first postwar European film to accurately depict the Continental "youth culture." Teenaged Lucien (Daniel Gelin) aspires to become a filmmaker, and to that end organizes his friends into a film unit. The young cineastes hope to make a journey into Africa, there to film an uncompromisingly realistic documentary. Amusingly, Lucien and his friends are shown to be rather ill-equipped for "real life," shuttling as they do between theatre classes, jazz bars and coffee houses. Also, Lucien will have to overcome… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Allowing that the film's milieu and range of situations had not yet become hackneyed, Becker's characters are still very thin (the dreamer, the schemer, the cheeky comic relief), the tone rather uncertain."
‑ , Time Out
"Jacques Becker was one of the best French directors to emerge after the occupation, combining the elevated realism of Jean Renoir (for whom he'd worked as an assistant) with a flair for black comedy and caricature."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"An interseting portrait of the period, it provides refreshing roles for a number of newcomers."
‑ , Film4
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