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Whether you already consider yourself an expert on French cinema or are just beginning to explore all the country has to offer, director Bertrand Tavernier’s more-than-three-hour “My Journey Through French Cinema” provides an essential tour through the films that shaped him as a cinephile and storyteller. Clearly modeled after Martin Scorsese’s own made-for-tv journey through American Movies, this incredibly personal and occasionally idiosyncratic labor of love hails from one of the country’s leading experts on the medium, combining a wide-ranging survey with insights that only Tavernier could provide.
A celebrated helmer in his own right, Tavernier counts such masterworks as “A Sunday in the Country” and “Coup de torchon” among his credits. But the director’s contributions to the medium are hardly limited to his own filmography. Like so many French directors of his generation, Tavernier started out as a film critic, studying and championing the work of the era’s leading auteurs. His »
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Everybody get up; it’s time to get nostalgic, courtesy of today’s list of Record Store Day exclusives. The releases—which will all hit stores on the big promotional day, April 22—include the sorts of things you’d expect to catch vinyl fans’ eyes: Bowie, Prince, and Lou Reed are all represented, plus Spoon’s new album and the Thelonious Monk soundtrack we reported on earlier today.
But the real treasure—at least for the nostalgia-mining Morlocks known as ‘90s kids—was buried a little further down on the list: The Space Jam soundtrack is getting a vinyl reissue.
These days, the hextuple-platinum album is mostly known as the angelic vessel by which R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” was delivered to the earth. But the album is more than a one-trick pony, regardless of what you might think about the movie it was attached to ...
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