Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

9 Episodes

The films of Bertrand Tavernier are suffused with his love for cinema. In addition to being one of France’s foremost auteurs, he is also a film critic and historian who draws from his deep knowledge of classic French and American cinema to create his own uniquely absorbing, finely wrought works. Though his films span a wide variety of genres—from the politically charged crime thriller THE CLOCKMAKER OF ST. PAUL to the sci-fi cult classic DEATH WATCH to the darkly comic neonoir COUP DE TORCHON to the bittersweet family portrait DADDY NOSTALGIA—each displays the exceptional craftsmanship, rigorous intelligence, and profound humanist and moral themes that have made him one of the leading lights of Gallic cinema for over four decades.

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Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
  • The Clockmaker of St. Paul

    Episode 1

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1974 • France
    Starring Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Jacques Denis

    Clockmaker Michel Descombes (Philippe Noiret, in the first of many collaborations with director Bertrand Tavernier) finds his well-ordered life blown apart by the discovery that his son is want...

  • The Judge and the Assassin

    Episode 2

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1976 • France
    Starring Philippe Noiret, Michel Galabru, Isabelle Huppert

    In nineteenth-century France, a crazed former soldier (Michel Galabru) embarks on a killing spree across the country. His crimes spark a frantic manhunt, and he soon becomes the prey of an a...

  • A Week’s Vacation

    Episode 3

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1980 • France
    Starring Nathalie Baye, Gérard Lanvin, Flore Fitzgerald

    On the verge of an emotional collapse, schoolteacher Laurence (Nathalie Baye) takes a week off from work in order to figure out her life, reconnecting with friends and family as she wrestles wi...

  • Death Watch

    Episode 4

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1980 • France, West Germany
    Starring Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton

    Part human drama, part sci-fi cautionary tale, Bertrand Tavernier’s DEATH WATCH unfolds in a future where death by disease has become extremely rare. When it is discovered that...

  • Coup de torchon

    Episode 5

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1981 • France
    Starring Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Marielle

    An inspired rendering of Jim Thompson’s pulp novel POP. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier’s COUP DE TORCHON deftly transplants the story of an inept police chief turned heartless killer and his...

  • A Sunday in the Country

    Episode 6

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1984 • France
    Starring Louis Ducreux, Michel Aumont, Sabine Azéma

    Bertrand Tavernier paints a bittersweet family portrait with a delicacy worthy of Ozu. On a Sunday in 1912, Monsieur Ladmiral (Louis Ducreux), a painter in the twilight of his life, gets together w...

  • Life and Nothing But

    Episode 7

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1989 • United States
    Starring Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azéma, Pascale Vignal

    With this gorgeously photographed antiwar epic, Bertrand Tavernier examines the emotional hurdles that separate rich from poor, history from truth, and regret from hope. A year after Worl...

  • Daddy Nostalgia

    Episode 8

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1990 • France
    Starring Dirk Bogarde, Jane Birkin, Odette Laure

    Dirk Bogarde delivers a spirited final screen performance opposite Jane Birkin in this poignant and perceptive tale about the regrets that mark a lifetime. As a father to his screenwriter daughter Car...

  • Captain Conan

    Episode 9

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1996 • France
    Starring Philippe Torreton, Samuel Le Bihan, Bernard Le Coq

    Bertrand Tavernier delves into the murky morality of wartime in this complex human drama. Following the signing of the armistice in the waning days of World War I, the courageous Captain Co...