My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) Reviews

September 14, 2017
This is essential viewing for cinephiles and Francophiles alike, but others may find the three-hour-plus running time a little excessive.
September 11, 2017
This is Tavernier's own film story so don't expect a linear, full history of the cinema of the time. However, it's anything but dry, as the film swoons with passion for Gallic films and filmmaking.
September 7, 2017
Mostly, there's Tavernier, a happy bear of a man. He's insightful, endlessly enthusiastic, all but encyclopedic in knowledge. He's also highly idiosyncratic. The first word in the title is "My," after all.
July 14, 2017
It's tempting to say that Bertrand Tavernier's 3-hour-and-15-minute documentary... is a feast for everybody who loves classic Gallic movies. This is certainly true. But it's also a movie for people who just plain love movies
July 13, 2017
More distinctive and revealing are the fannish tributes to tough guys Jean Gabin and Eddie Constantine, innovative composers Maurice Jaubert and Joseph Kosma, and forgotten auteurs Edmond T. Gréville and Pierre Schoendoerffer.
July 6, 2017
Whoever you are, you'll learn a lot.
June 26, 2017
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.
June 23, 2017
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.
June 23, 2017
Not just a niche film but a film for a niche of a niche.
June 22, 2017
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.
June 22, 2017
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.
June 22, 2017
A selective, eccentric survey of the richest periods of French moviemaking and, by extension, film in general.
June 20, 2017
Tavernier's own adolescent obsession with the films of Jacques Becker gets the movie off to a choppy start, but the variety of inspirations (not to mention the visual quality of the film clips) is astonishing.
June 19, 2017
Essential viewing for cinephiles and Francophiles alike.