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
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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

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Kent Turner

This is the college film course you wish you had taken.

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Robert Abele

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Leonard Maltin

I was glued to the screen from start to finish and when it was over I wanted more. If you love film you can't afford to miss the experience of seeing Bertrand Tavernier's Journey Through French Cinema, especially on a theater screen

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Godfrey Cheshire

Not just a niche film but a film for a niche of a niche.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

A selective, eccentric survey of the richest periods of French moviemaking and, by extension, film in general.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Three hours and 20 minutes fly by.

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