Bertrand Tavernier has been intrigued by cinema all his life and knew at a very young age that he wanted to be a filmmaker. He directed his first film, “The Clockmaker,” in 1974, which won him the Prix Louis Delluc and the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize award at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival. After a long and successful career, his passion for French cinema inspired him to create the documentary “A Journey Through French Cinema.”
The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is now part of New York Film Festival’s Retrospective section. A new trailer for it has just been released, which you can take a look at below.
The 190-minute doc focuses on French cinema from the 1930s to the 1970s, honors key directors and actors and highlights important films and scenes that marked the medium in the country. Tavernier knows his native cinema inside and out and gives a compelling view at giants like Renoir, Godard and Melville, among others.
“I would like this film to be an act of gratitude to all the filmmakers, writers, actors and musicians that have appeared suddenly in my life,” Tavernier previously said in a statement. “Memory warms up: this film is a bit of coal for winter nights.”
Fans can catch “A Journey Through French Cinema” at NYFF. The film will also be released in the U.S. by Cohen Media Group.