Bertrand Tavernier

Bertrand Tavernier

Highest Rated: 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017)

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

Birthday: Apr 25, 1941

Birthplace: Not Available

One of France's premiere directors, screenwriters, and producers, Bertrand Tavernier is renowned for making dramas encompassing themes as diverse as familial relationships, World War I, and contemporary social ills. Regardless of the subjects they explore, Tavernier lends his films great introspection and humanity, something that has established him as one of the French cinema's more progressive and compassionate figures.Born in Lyon on April 25, 1941, Tavernier grew up with a love of film and wanted to be a director from the age of 13. He was particularly influenced by such American directors as Joseph Losey, John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and William Wellman, and -- during a spell at the Sorbonne, where he studied law -- he became involved in the film industry as an assistant director for Jean-Pierre Melville. By his own admission, he was not very good at the job, so Tavernier became a film critic. While working for such prestigious publications as Positif and Cahiers du Cinema, he wrote two books on the American cinema, one of which has had numerous editions.During a stint as a press agent for producer Georges de Beauregard, Tavernier was given the opportunity to direct some short sketches as part of a collective filmmaking project. He helmed his first feature film, L'Horloger de St. Paul, in 1974. The tale of a clockmaker and his complex relationship with his violent son and the bourgeois society that has produced him, it received international acclaim and a Special Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. It also featured a starring turn by Philippe Noiret, whom Tavernier featured often in subsequent projects.Only one year later, the director again found acclaim, this time for two films. The first, Que La Fête Commence... (Let Joy Reign Supreme), was a historical drama set in pre-revolutionary France that centered around the emotional and ideological dilemmas of the humanist regent Phillippe D'Orleans; it won four Césars, including one for Best Direction. Tavernier's second film that year, Le Juge et l'Assassin (The Judge and the Assassin), also earned a number of Césars, including a Best Screenplay award for Tavernier. An exploration of the relationship between a convicted child killer and the judge who must decide his fate, it focused on one of Tavernier's major themes, a preoccupation with the relationships between completely opposite people and the irreducibility of social barriers.Familial relations and social concerns were once again viewed through Tavernier's lens in Des Enfants Gatés (Spoiled Children) (1977); he subsequently went in an entirely different direction for the sci-fi La Mort En Direct (Death Watch) (1980), a disturbing reflection on voyeurism and the dark realms of the human psyche. Tavernier then returned to his native Lyon and the subject of family drama to make Une Semaine de Vacances (A Week's Vacation) (1980), before again collaborating with Noiret for Coup de Torchon (Clean Slate), in 1981. Adapted from an American novel set in Texas, the film took place in colonial Africa during the 1930s. A black comedy about a local police chief who goes on a murder spree after being treated like dirt for too long, it both provided a statement about the morality of power and contained a spate of affectionate references to the noir genre and Tavernier's beloved films of the '30s. Tavernier had his next great critical success with Un Dimanche à la Campagne (A Sunday in the Country) (1984). Expanding on the themes explored four years earlier in Une Semaine de Vacances, it focused on the relationship between an aging painter and his children and grandchildren. The film won a number of honors, including the Director's Prize at Cannes and a Best Screenplay César that was shared between Tavernier and his then wife, Colo Tavernier O'Hagan. Two years later, Tavernier had possibly his greatest international success to date with Round Midnight, his tribute to jazz and jazzmen. Starring Dexter Gordon as a self-destructive Amer

Highest Rated Movies



100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) Actor Director Screenwriter $52.6K 2017
62% The French Minister Screenwriter Director 2014
No Score Yet Veillées d'armes Producer 2012
No Score Yet Jean Aurenche, écrivain de cinéma Actor 2012
85% La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) Director Screenwriter $0.4M 2011
No Score Yet De l'autre côté du périph (The Other Side of the Tracks) Director 2011
58% In the Electric Mist Director 2009
No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient Actor 2008
No Score Yet Claude Sautet ou La magie invisible (Claude Sautet or the Invisible Magic) Actor 2005
No Score Yet Holy Lola Director Screenwriter 2004
No Score Yet Let Joy Reign Supreme Director 2004
No Score Yet La Boulangère de Monceau (The Baker of Monceau)(The Girl at the Monceau Bakery) Actor 2003
75% Laissez-passer Director 2002
No Score Yet L'Appât (Fresh Bait) Director Screenwriter 2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Actor 2000
81% Ça commence aujourd'hui (It All Starts Today) Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet Capitaine Conan Director Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz Actor 1997
No Score Yet François Truffaut: Portraits volés (François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits) Actor 1994
No Score Yet Revenge of the Musketeers (Fille de d'Artagnan, La)(D'Artagnan's Daughter) Director 1994
No Score Yet L'Univers de Jacques Demy (The Universe of Jacques Demy)(The World of Jacques Demy) Actor 1993
No Score Yet L.627 Screenwriter Director 1992
No Score Yet La Guerre Sans Nom Director 1992
88% Daddy Nostalgia Director 1990
No Score Yet La Vie et Rien d'Autre (Life and Nothing But) Director 1989
No Score Yet Beatrice Director 1987
100% 'Round Midnight Screenwriter 1986
100% Un Dimanche à la Campagne (A Sunday in the Country) Producer Director Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet Mississippi Blues Screenwriter Director 1984
No Score Yet The Trail (La trace) Screenwriter 1983
83% Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) Screenwriter Director 1981
73% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) Director 1980
No Score Yet Spoiled Children Director 1977
No Score Yet The Judge and the Assassin (Le juge et l'assassin) Director 1976
100% The Clockmaker of St. Paul (L'horloger de Saint-Paul) Screenwriter Director 1974
No Score Yet Que la fête commence... (Let Joy Reign Supreme) Director Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet The Lumiere Brothers' First Films Narrator 1896
No Score Yet Around Midnight Director


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