JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA
OUT 15 SEPTEMBER / CERT 12A / 190 MINS DIRECTOR Bertrand Tavernier CAST Bertrand Tavernier, Thierry Frémaux, Antoine Duhamel, volker Schlöndorff
Taking CUES FROM Martin Scorsese’s surveys of American and italian cinema, Bertrand Tavernier’s reflection on French film centres on his experiences as a teenage cineaste, aspiring critic, mediocre assistant director and innovative publicist. Linking the cascade of clips with shrewd insights into the works of Jean Renoir, Jacques Becker, Jeanpierre Melville and Claude Sautet, Tavernier also acknowledges the screenwriters, composers and journeymen directors who shaped his critical faculties and artistic style. The anecdotes and analysis will delight aficionados and enlighten neophytes, and (as even three hours-plus isn’t enough time) Tavernier has vowed to plug any gaps in his overview with an equally epic follow-up.