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. This was the second in a series of three films he made on the young people of the postwar era; it’s set on the Left Bank (and actually filmed there), among the jitterbug clubs and smoky cafes of the emerging existentialist generation. With Nicole Courcel, Brigitte Auber, and Daniel Gelin; photographed by Claude Renoir (1949).