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A Journey Through French Cinema (2016)

Voyage à travers le cinéma français (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 October 2016 (France)
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Bertrand Tavernier's personal journey through French cinema, from films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures.

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Bertrand Tavernier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bertrand Tavernier ... Himself
François Truffaut ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean-Paul Gaultier ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Renoir ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean-Paul Le Chanois Jean-Paul Le Chanois ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Gabin ... Himself (archive footage)
Henri Decoin Henri Decoin ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcel Carné ... Himself (archive footage)
Henri Jeanson Henri Jeanson ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexandre Trauner Alexandre Trauner ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Kosma Joseph Kosma ... Himself (archive footage)
Antoine Duhamel Antoine Duhamel ... Himself (archive footage)
Eddie Constantine ... Himself (archive footage)
Michel Deville ... Himself (archive footage)
Henri Langlois ... Himself (archive footage)
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Bertrand Tavernier's personal journey through French cinema, from films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures.

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France

Language:

French

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12 October 2016 (France) See more »

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A Journey Through French Cinema See more »

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Lyon, France See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,636, 23 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,742, 14 July 2017
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Informative but subjective and not very enlightening
1 January 2019 | by adrian-43767See all my reviews

I have always loved the French cinema, literature, and culture; my great grandfather was French; I am fluent and French was one of my subjects at universty; and I have steadily collected French films, totalling more than 100.

So when I saw this DVD on sale, I pounced. Alas, while I do not regret buying it, I have found it lacking, especially compared to Martin Scorcese's earlier effort relating to US and Italian cinema, which was far more enlightening, situating each film in its time and context.

VOYAGE A TRAVERS LE CINEMA FRANÇAIS is a mélée of Tavernier's own recollections, and relations with directors and actors, and you see interesting snippets, but ultimately it is Tavernier's own fun.

To me, the single most memorable piece of information in this compilation was Tavernier explaining that the defect in his right eye was caused by tuberculosis at a young age. I find it hard to forgive that he dismissed a masterpiece like Jean-Pierre Melville's LE CERCLE ROUGE but praised a dud like UN SINGE EN HIVER.

Unless you have actually watched the films that appear in this compilation, you are bound to feel frustrated.


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