JOUR­NEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA

OUT 15 SEPTEM­BER / CERT 12A / 190 MINS DI­REC­TOR Ber­trand Tav­ernier CAST Ber­trand Tav­ernier, Thierry Fré­maux, An­toine Duhamel, volker Sch­lön­dorff

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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.

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