A central figure in French cinema, Bertrand Tavernier has an encyclopedic knowledge of the craft of filmmaking akin to the likes of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. The sense of history he possesses is seen in both his narrative and documentary, the latter of which is perhaps best exemplified in his recent film My Journey Through French Cinema. Clocking in at 3.5 hours, that 2016 documentary has now received a follow-up expansion with an eight-part series and we’re pleased to debut the U.S. trailer.
Titled Journeys Through French Cinema, the director-writer-actor-producer explores the filmmakers that most influenced him, how the cinema of France changed when the country was German occupation, the unknown films and filmmakers he admires (with a focus on female directors), and much more. From better-known filmmakers such as Jacques Tati, Robert Bresson, and Jacques Demy to ones in need of (re)discovery such as Raymond Bernard, Maurice Turner, and Anatole Litvak, Tavernier traverses a wide range of cinematic history.
Episodes 1-4 of Journeys Through French Cinema premiere on the Cohen Media Channel on January 1, followed by Episodes 5-8 starting February 1. If one missed the original film, they can view it here. Check out our exclusive trailer debut below, along with a synopsis of the first four episodes.
Episode 1 (My Go-To Filmmakers, Part 1)