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A Journey Through French Cinema (12A)
Voyage à travers le cinéma français
French with English Subtitles
Dir. Bertrand Tavernier, France, 190 mins, 2016
- Wed 11 Oct: 7pm
Celebrated French director Bertrand Tavernier(Round Midnight, The Clockmaker), presents a treasure trove of a documentary and a masterful exploration of some of the directors, actors and composers who have graced French cinema.
Tavernier is matched only by Scorsese for his enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge of cinema, brought to life through a selection of wonderful clips that he comments on with historical insight and aesthetic precision.
Starting from the earliest films seen as a budding cinephile to his own work as a filmmaker and personal connections, he expertly leads you through the legendary (Renoir), iconic (Godard) and cult (Melville) auteurs to sadly much forgotten figures (such as Jacques Becker) from the 1930s through to the 1970s.
There are plenty of treats including a behind the scenes audio clip of a ferocious argument between Jean-Paul Belmondo and Melville. This is a very special documentary displaying Tavernier’s generous spirit.
As a special treat, ticket holder will be treated to 20% off French wine at the Café Bar.