Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

2 Seasons

The films of Bertrand Tavernier are suffused with his love for cinema. In addition to being one of France’s foremost auteurs, Tavernier was also a film critic and historian who drew 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 made him one of the leading lights of Gallic cinema for over four decades.

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Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
  • Bertrand Tavernier on THE MARSEILLE TRILOGY

    Episode 1

    This introduction to THE MARSEILLE TRILOGY by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier was recorded in Paris in 2017.

  • Bertrand Tavernier on BLACK NARCISSUS

    Episode 2

    French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier has long championed the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and he was close to Powell for many years. This introduction to BLACK NARCISSUS was recorded for the Institut Lumière in 2006.

  • Bertrand Tavernier on LE DEUXIÈME SOUFFLE

    Episode 3

    Acclaimed director Bertrand Tavernier (COUP DE TORCHON, ROUND MIDNIGHT) began his film career as a critic and publicist. It was in the latter role that he was involved with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville’s LE DEUXIÈME SOUFFLE. In this 2008 interview, Tavernier talks about his memories of the film...

  • Bertrand Tavernier on LE CORBEAU

    Episode 4

    In 2002, French film director Bertrand Tavernier made LAISSEZ-PASSER (SAFE PASSAGE), a feature about the French film industry during the German occupation, the period in which LE CORBEAU was made. In this 2004 interview, Tavernier discusses the political subtext of the film, and why it was so mis...

  • Bertrand Tavernier on Jean-Pierre Melville

    Episode 5

    Acclaimed director Bertrand Tavernier (COUP DE TORCHON, AROUND MIDNIGHT) began his film career as a critic and publicist. It was in the latter role that he was involved with Jean-Pierre Melville’s LE DOULOS. In this interview, Tavernier talks about his memories of the time and of Melville as a di...