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French Film legend Bertrand Tavernier dies at 79

I am currently working hard on lots of top secret projects and interviews for the podcast, so the blog is a little quiet again for now apart from Cinéma Saturdays. There'll be another blog post featuring a fabulous French film this week, of course, but my newsletter subscribers (sign up here) get a blog update every week. My lovely Francophile subscribers will have nothing to read this Friday. 🤨 I thought perhaps I would share some of the lovely places I've been chatting about on Instagram, like Honfleur, museums, St-Malo and much more besides.

But then this sad news made it to me today and it just seemed too important not to talk about it.

The great French film auteur Bertrand Tavernier died this week aged 79. Born during the Occupation, in 1941, he was the son of a writer and Resistance fighter. You can read his obituary in several places including the BBC, The Guardian, Variety and RFI.

Suffice to say, he was a lifelong cinema fan who loved its powerful storytelling and the craft of film making. His journey through French cinema is worthwhile watching along with his filmography of some 40 films.

Three hours of French cinema adoration is well worth exploring! His journey through French cinema can be found here to buy (click the picture below*) and also in many streaming services such as Amazon Prime.

Prolific, non-conformist and hugely knowledgable, Tavernier was a great screenwriter and director who will be deeply missed.

Let's hope that cinemas can open again soon and there might be some great retrospectives of classic French cinema, classic American cinema and the storytelling Tavernier loved so much.


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