Film Series : Journeys Through French Cinema First Chicago run!

My Journey Through French Cinema

2016, Bertrand Tavernier, France, 193 min.

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Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 7th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 8th 4:45pm
  • Sun, Jul 9th 2:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 11th 6:30pm
  • Thu, Jul 13th 6:30pm

"A very precious work. You are convinced that you know all that by heart, until Tavernier comes along to reveal to us the pure beauty of it all." — Martin Scorsese

"Very personal, illuminating...Given one lifetime, we may never get to see all of the films quoted here, but at least a lifelong connoisseur has given us a taste of the best." — Scott Pfeiffer, Cine-File

A major figure as both filmmaker ('ROUND MIDNIGHT, A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY) and film historian ("20 Years of American Cinema"), Bertrand Tavernier's closest American equivalent is perhaps Martin Scorsese, and, much like Scorsese did in his journeys through American and Italian cinema, Tavernier fashions a deeply personal and keenly insightful overview of his film heritage. No dry lecturer, Tavernier grounds his observations in his experiences as a young boy discovering cinema during the Occupation, his participation in the heady cinephile culture of postwar France, and his firsthand acquaintance with the giants of French film history as assistant, publicist, interviewer, and friend. Rather than trying to be all-inclusive, he concentrates on substantial evaluations of those figures who have meant the most to him. These include not only the acclaimed directors (Jean Renoir, Jean-Pierre Melville) but also the neglected (Jacques Becker, Edmond T. Greville) and the out-of-fashion (Marcel Carné, Claude Sautet), as well as actors (Jean Gabin, Eddie Constantine) and composers (Maurice Jaubert, Joseph Kosma). In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)


In conjunction with MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA, we present Journeys Through French Cinema, a series of nine French classics that are highlighted in Tavernier's film.

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