My Journey Through French Cinema: Personal Canon-Building with Bertrand Tavernier
3 days ago - By Filmmaker Magazine
Names you won't hear in Bertrand Tavernier's personal history of French cinema: Abel Gance, Marcel Pagnol, Sacha Guitry, Alain Resnais, Philippe Garrel. Don't expect to hear about any directors who got started after the '60s either: Tavernier begins with a solid overview of the glories of Jacques Becker, the first director to make an impression on him (“At age six, I could have chosen worse”) and ends with an equally lengthy tribute to Claude Sautet - along with Jean-Pierre Melville, one of his two professional fairy godmother gateways to the production side of French cinema. There is, to...
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