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The tal­ented French film­maker Ber­trand Tav­ernier of­fers a cap­ti­vat­ing primer on Gal­lic cinema, loosely pat­terned af­ter Martin Scors­ese’s odes to Amer­i­can and Ital­ian film­mak­ing. Tav­ernier is a bit more idio­syn­cratic and per­sonal, not re­ally try­ing to cover ev­ery­thing but draw­ing upon his own mem­o­ries and ac­quain­tances, as well as ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing for Jean-Luc Go­dard, Jean-Pierre Melville, and oth­ers. You don’t have to be a hard­core French film fan to en­joy the choice repar­tee and ex­pert clips, but ob­vi­ously, he’s mostly preach­ing to the choir. Not rated. 190 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. (Jon Bow­man)

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