My Journey Through French Cinema

Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s passion- and knowledge-filled cinema valentines My Voyage To Italy and Personal Journey Through American Movies, the great French director Bertrand Tavernier’s (The Clockmaker, A Sunday in the Country, Coup de Torchon, Round Midnight), epic history shares a lifetime of love for Gallic cinema. Tavernier knows French cinema on a deeply personal level, from the New Wave giants such as Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, and Claude Sautet, to Jean-Pierre Melville (for whom he worked as an assistant) and “movie godfathers” like Jacques Becker, Jean Renoir, and Marcel Carne. Tavernier also has affection for many overlooked and forgotten figures—actors, writers, composers, cinematographers—whose rich contributions built France’s cinema legacy. “Memory warms us: this film is a bit of coal for winter nights.”—Bertrand Tavernier. Though it’s not winter, Tavernier’s affectionate film provides the opportunity to screen some of his French classics–some familiar, some less seen—throughout the summer.

Genres: Documentary