My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français)
My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: June 23, 2017
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2017
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This is Tavernier's own film story so don't expect a linear, full history of the cinema of the time. However, it's anything but dry, as the film swoons with passion for Gallic films and filmmaking.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

More distinctive and revealing are the fannish tributes to tough guys Jean Gabin and Eddie Constantine, innovative composers Maurice Jaubert and Joseph Kosma, and forgotten auteurs Edmond T. Gréville and Pierre Schoendoerffer.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

Simply as a wallow in black-and-white Gallic romanticism, it's a treat, but Tavernier also provides good stuff in his commentary.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Mostly, there's Tavernier, a happy bear of a man. He's insightful, endlessly enthusiastic, all but encyclopedic in knowledge. He's also highly idiosyncratic. The first word in the title is "My," after all.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Whoever you are, you'll learn a lot.

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Linda Marric

While Journey Through French Cinema is unable to cover every single decade, and Dod knows it tries, the film will ignite in those who love French cinema a new passion for its heroes and villains.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

It would be a shame if the film were to be seen only by those already interested in French cinema. Anyone with an eye for grace, industry, resilience, rich shadows, and strong cigarettes should go along.

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Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times

It may be a long haul at over three hours, but Tavernier is charm personified as he serves up both a fine dish for cineastes and a tasty appetiser for the uninitiated.

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