VOYAGE À TRAVERS LE CINEMA FRANÇAIS / MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA

If it didn’t sound so pedantic, one could easily call Bertrand Tavernier’s
epic appreciation of French cinema “French film 101.” Luckily, Taverni-
er uses his own love of film as the guiding principle here, mixing per-
sonal anecdotes and brilliantly lucid analysis to compose a thrilling,
idiosyncratic history of a golden age of French cinema extending from
1941 to 1971—the period ranging from Tavernier’s birth to his debut as
a powerhouse of French cinema in his own right. In the thirty years be-
fore he became a director, Tavernier fell in love with movies and came
to work for some of his heroes, including Jean Renoir and Jean-Pierre
Melville. Part of the secret of My Journey is that Tavernier is able to
blend nuts and bolts evaluation—what makes a scene work—with an
insider’s perspective on these great directors—which often helps to
explain what makes a scene sing. Full of judiciously selected clips, My
Journey is a private tour conducted by the reigning expert on French
cinema, an essential primer that sheds new light on the work of
beloved masters like Renoir and Godard and invites the viewer to dis-
cover overlooked auteurs such as Jacques Becker and Julien Duvivier.

DIRECTOR
Bertrand Tavernier

SCREENPLAY
Bertrand Tavernier

DETAILS
Documentary
French
200 min.
France, 2016
DCP

DISTRIBUTOR
Cohen Media Group

PRICE RANGE
$300