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My Journey through French Cinema 12 rating

Director Bertrand Tavernier guides us on a fascinating voyage through French film history, from the 1930s through to the '70s.

Documentary 2016 193 mins

Director: Bertrand Tavernier


Bertrand Tavernier is a filmmaker of international repute (Death Watch, Round Midnight) and life-long fan of cinema. In this very special documentary he addresses us directly, speaking with infectious enthusiasm about the films, actors, directors, composers, writers and cinematographers who have meant so much to him, and who played such a significant role in French film history.

From Renoir and Chabrol through to Melville and Becker, every frame of this journey exudes passion. Tavernier’s commentary is also augmented by rare behind-the-scenes footage and treats, such as the audio recording of a ferocious argument between Jean-Paul Belmondo and Melville. Immersive, exhaustive and utterly fascinating, My Journey Through French Cinema is essential viewing for all fans of French cinema.