Will have more on Becker soon, but for now, here's what I wrote on this last year: www.villagevoice.com/2017/06/27/the-triumphant-return-of-the-jailbreak-classic-le-trou/
As a story of the rise & fall of a Hollywood starlet (apparently modeled after a combo of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner) this melodrama falls apart as a story, but the attention to behavior and mundane detail is remarkable. The best moments just follow the lead character as she does the simplest things: Pouring herself some cereal and then remembering to feed the cat, for example, or a late scene where she and her husband come home and get settled in, the tension between them thoroughly lived-in.
Umpteenth viewing. One of the greatest films ever. Decided to give the director's cut another go after multiple recent re-viewings of the theatrical cut, as well as all of Mann's other films, while writing my profile of him for Vulture.
Here's the thing: While the theatrical cut might be "canonical," I really really love the director's cut as well. Yes, losing the cold open in the club is wrong, but other than that, there's a lot of stuff here that…
Have seen this film way too many times than I care to admit at this point. Love it, love it, love it, flaws and all.
It's not exactly a review, but you can find a longish essay I wrote about it here: