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My Journey Through French Cinema

  • Starring: André Marcon, Bertrand Tavernier, Claude Chabrol
  • Director: Bertrand Tavernier
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Language: French
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 201 min.

Writer-director Bertrand Tavernier is truly one of the grand auteurs of the movies. His experience is vast, his knowledge is voluminous, his love is inexhaustible and his perspective is matched only by that of Martin Scorsese. This magnificent, epic documentary has been a lifetime in the making. Tavernier knows his native cinema inside and out, from the giants like Renoir, Godard, and Melville (for whom he worked as an assistant) to now overlooked and forgotten figures like Edmund T. Gréville and Guy Gilles, and his observations and reminiscences are never less than penetrating and always deeply personal. [Cohen Media Group]

"Essential viewing for cinephiles and Francophiles alike."
- Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
"A selective, eccentric survey of the richest periods of French moviemaking and, by extension, film in general."
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"Its explanatory title doesn’t begin to convey just how exhilarating or inspiring a documentary this truly is, and how excellent a trip this well-respected French director takes you on. "
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Tavernier is a life-long cinema fan and every frame of this three hour documentary is a reflection of his passion, infectious enthusiasm and generous spirit. "
- Allan Hunter, Screen International
"Modeled on Martin Scorsese's engaging first-person documentaries on the cinema, this one has its own avid personality and scholarly charm. Whoever you are, you'll learn a lot. "
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It's tempting to say that Bertrand Tavernier's 3-hour-and-15-minute documentary... is a feast for everybody who loves classic Gallic movies. This is certainly true. But it's also a movie for people who just plain love movies"
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"As its title indicates, My Journey Through French Cinema is personal with a capital “P,” a passionate, opinionated, drop-dead fascinating documentary essay about that country’s film history put together by a clear-eyed enthusiast who was born to tell the tale. "
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Tavernier pays homage to the rich tradition of commercial yet personal, elegant but observant cinema that had already given French film a name before Godard and company drew up their canonical map, detonated their explosives and reassembled the pieces."
- Robert Abele, TheWrap

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