Bertrand Tavernier

Director, Critic, Author
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/25/1941 in France

Filmography

Director (31)

My Journey Through French Cinema 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

50 Ans de cinema Americaine 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The French Minister 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Prinzessin von Montpensier 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

La Princesse De Montpensier 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

In the Electric Mist 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Holy Lola 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Safe Conduct 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

It All Starts Today 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Captain Conan 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

De l'autre cote du periphe 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Appat 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

D'Artagnan's Daughter 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

L.627 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

La Guerre Sans Nom 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Contre l'oubli 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Daddy Nostalgia 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Life and Nothing But 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

La Passion Beatrice 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Mississippi Blues 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

A Sunday in the Country 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Coup de Torchon 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Philippe Soupault 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Deathwatch 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

A Week's Vacation 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Des Enfants Gates 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Juge et l'assassin 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Que la fete commence... 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Horloger de St Paul 1971 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (27)

My Journey Through French Cinema 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The French Minister 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Prinzessin von Montpensier 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Princesse De Montpensier 2011 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Holy Lola 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Safe Conduct 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mon pere...il m'a sauve la vie 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It All Starts Today 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Captain Conan 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Appat 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

D'Artagnan's Daughter 1994 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

L.627 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Guerre Sans Nom 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Daddy Nostalgia 1991 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Life and Nothing But 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Mois d'avril sont meurtriers 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Sunday in the Country 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Trace 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Coup de Torchon 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deathwatch 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Week's Vacation 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Des Enfants Gates 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Des Enfants Gates 1976 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Le Juge et l'assassin 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Que la fete commence... 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Horloger de St Paul 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (8)

Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Universe of Jacques Demy 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Producer (8)

Captain Conan 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fred 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Mississippi Blues 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Trace 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Deathwatch 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Week's Vacation 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Question 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Coup de Torchon 1981 (Movie)

(Song)
Art Department (1)

Ragazzi 1991 (Movie)

artistic adviser (Art Department)
Other (2)

Kebab Connection 1998 (Movie)

(Technical Advisor)

Hotel Terminus: Klaus Barbie, His Life and Times 1988 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Mother
member of the Resistance

Colo Hagan

Wife
married in 1965 separated in 1980 divorced in 1983 has worked with husband since their separation

Rene Tavernier

Father
edited one of few independent journals in Vichy France born c. 1915 died on December 16, 1989 in Paris, France

Tiffany Tavernier

Daughter
born c. 1966 mother, Colo Tavernier

Nils Tavernier

Son
mother, Colo Tavernier

EDUCATION

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris

Lycee Henri IV

in same class as Volker Schlondorff

studied law for two years but quit to write criticism for Positif, Cahiers du Cinema and Cinema

Milestones

1974

Directed first feature film, "L'Horloger de Saint-Paul"/The Clockmaker

1967

Co-scripted first film, "Coplan ouvre le feu a Mexico"

1965

Worked with Pierre Rissient as freelance publicist

1963

Directorial debut with sketch for film "Les Baisers"

1961

Became press officer to producer Georges de Beauregard

1960

Hired by Jean-Pierre Melville as assistant director on "Leon Morin, prete"

Wrote for the film journals Cinema, Cahiers du Cinema, and Positif in the 1960s

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