Bertrand Tavernier

Bertrand Tavernier

Highest Rated: 100% A Sunday in the Country (1984)

Lowest Rated: 58% In the Electric Mist (2009)

Birthday: Apr 25, 1941

Birthplace: Lyon, Rhône, France

Bertrand Tavernier quit law school to write film criticism for Cahiers du Cinema and other major journals, worked as an assistant director and publicist (e.g., for Jean-Pierre Melville) and authored a couple of books on American cinema before making his first feature, "The Clockmaker" (1973). Adapted from a Georges Simenon novel (and transposed from the USA to Tavernier's home town), it is an intelligent, studied debut with finely-tuned performances, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 1974 Berlin Film Festival, the Prix Louis Delluc in France, and established Tavernier's reputation. His subsequent works have been equally well-crafted, displaying an affecting confluence of French and American cinematic styles. Tavernier's other noted films include "Clean Slate" (1981), a bold adaptation of Jim Thompson's "Pop. 1280", set not in the US South, but in French North Africa, and "'Round Midnight" (1986), a smooth, pseudo-biopic of a black-American jazz musician in 1950s Paris. Tavernier is separated from screenwriter Colo Tavernier Hagan, who has worked on several of his films, and the father of actor Nils Tavernier, who appeared in, among others, "Beatrice" (1987). Bertrand Tavernier died on March 25, 2021 in Sainte-Maxime, Var, France at the age of 79.




No Score Yet 85% Lumiere! Producer - 2016
100% 56% My Journey Through French Cinema Self,
$52.1K 2016
62% 55% The French Minister Director $3.8K 2013
85% 54% The Princess of Montpensier Director,
$340.9K 2010
58% 34% In the Electric Mist Director - 2009
No Score Yet 40% Holy Lola Director,
- 2004
76% 79% Safe Conduct Director,
$26.6K 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Father Saved My Life Writer - 2001
81% 79% It All Starts Today Director,
$12.3K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 79% Capitaine Conan Director $3.1K 1996
No Score Yet 67% Fresh Bait Director - 1995
100% No Score Yet The Troubles We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime Producer - 1994
No Score Yet 41% Revenge of the Musketeers Director - 1994
No Score Yet 84% L.627 Director - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Against Oblivion Director - 1992
88% 80% Daddy Nostalgia Director $10.2K 1990
No Score Yet 86% Life and Nothing But Director,
$11.4K 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Undeclared War Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet These Foolish Things Director - 1990
No Score Yet 48% Beatrice Director $140.6K 1988
100% 89% Round Midnight Director $2.7M 1986
100% 86% A Sunday in the Country Director,
- 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mississippi Blues Director - 1984
83% 83% Coup de Torchon Director,
- 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Week's Vacation Director - 1981
73% 59% Death Watch Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spoiled Children Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judge and the Assassin Writer,
- 1976
No Score Yet 79% Let Joy Reign Supreme Director - 1975
100% 79% The Clockmaker Director - 1974


No Score Yet No Score Yet In Conversation Guest 2010