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Director Bertrand Tavernier To Receive Venice's Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement


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Festival boss Alberto Barbera announced the news on Tuesday (10Mar15), hailing the Fresh Bait filmmaker as an "instinctively non-conformist, staunchly eclectic auteur" who has been key to the French movie industry.

Tavernier will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement award in Italy this September (15), when he will also serve as guest director of the Venice Classics segment, which features rare, forgotten or overlooked films.

The 73 year old, who began his career as a film critic, will personally introduce each entry.

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Champs-Élysées Film Festival

Bertrand Tavernier - Champs-Élysées Film Festival - 'Man of Tai Chi' - Premiere - Paris, France - Saturday 14th June 2014

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The Princess Of Montpensier Review


Excellent
Veteran filmmaker Tavernier approaches this 16th century drama with a fresh touch. It has everything you hope for: swashbuckling, romantic intrigue, heaving bosoms. But a blast of realism continually catches us off guard.

The Marquis of Mezieres (Magnan) is only mildly annoyed that his daughter Marie (Thierry) has fallen for suave warrior Henri (Ulliel), even though she's promised to his brother (Domboy). Then a better offer comes along, and the Marquis offers her to Prince Philippe (Leprince-Ringuet), son of the Duke of Montpensier (Vuillermoz). Leaving Marie with his loyal mentor Chabannes (Wilson), Philippe rejoins battle alongside his old friend Henri in the war between the Catholics and the Huguenots. But Philippe soon becomes jealous of Henri, as well as the flirtatious Duke of Anjou (Personnaz).

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The Princess Of Montpensier Trailer


In 16th century France, wars were raging between the Catholics and the Protestants. Heiress Marie de M'ziSres is forced into marriage by her father, the Marquis de M'ziSres to a man she has never met, Prince Philippe de Montpesier. Marie refuses at first, because she's in love with her handsome childhood friend, Henri de Guise.

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Opening Night Of Rendez-Vous With French Cinema At Paris Theater

Bertrand Tavernier and Gaspard Ulliel - Bertrand Tavernier and Gaspard Ulliel New York City, USA - Opening Night of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Paris Theater Thursday 3rd March 2011

Bertrand Tavernier and Gaspard Ulliel
Bertrand Tavernier and Gaspard Ulliel
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'Round Midnight Review


Excellent
In 1986, director Bertrand Tavernier turned his attention to... the growth of jazz in 1950s France, courtesy of black American expatriates? An odd choice for the director of Coup de torchon -- and featuring Martin Scorsese in a supporting role no less -- but Tavernier could write his own ticket at the time, and write it he did.

The story is as threadbare as something that might have been conceived over bottomless goblets of wine at 3am in a smoke-filled Montmartre jazz club. Francis Borler (François Cluzet) is absolutely obsessed with sax player Dale Turner (real-lilfe musician Dexter Gordon), to the point where he leaves his pre-teen daughter at home and spends his nights sitting outside clubs in the rain while Dale plays his sax inside.

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Stars And Politicians Mourn French Actor Noiret


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LATEST: French stars of the screen and stage joined leading politicians to mourn actor Philippe Noiret yesterday (27NOV06).
The Cinema Paradiso star died on Thursday (23NOV06) after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.
One thousand mourners including Catherine Deneuve, Bertrand Tavernier, Jean-Paul Belmondo and French Prime Minster Dominique De Villepin paid tribute to the star of more than 125 films at Paris' Sainte-Clotilde Basilica.
Noiret's widow MONIQUE CHAUMETTE ensured the funeral was open to anyone who wanted to attend.
Noiret started his career in 1956 in AGNES VARDA's film LA POINTE COURTE. He won two Cesar Awards (the French Oscars) for Best Actor for his roles in ROBERT ENRICO's 1976 film LE VIEUX FUSIL and Tavernier's 1990 production LA VIE ET RIEN D'AUTRE.

Cinema Paradiso Actor Philippe Noiret Dies Aged 76


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French actor Philippe Noiret died yesterday (23NOV06) after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.
The Cinema Paradiso star appeared in more than 125 films and also took to the stage in a string of plays.
Noiret started his career in 1956 in AGNES VARDA's film LA POINTE COURTE. He won two Cesar Awards (the French Oscars) for Best Actor for his roles in ROBERT ENRICO's 1976 film LE VIEUX FUSIL and Bertrand Tavernier's 1990 production LA VIE ET RIEN D'AUTRE.
French Prime Minister Dominique De Villepin paid tribute to Noiret, saying, "Through his voice, his allure, his panache, Philippe Noiret knew how to seize and express something within the French soul.
"The silhouette and the voice, so tender and familiar, will be missed by all.

Cinema For Peace Honours Good Night, And Good Luck


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George Clooney's GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK will be honoured as the Most Valuable Movie Of The Year at today's (13FEB06) charity event Cinema For Peace.

Clooney's second project as a director, which he also wrote the script for, beat competition from Steven Spielberg's Munich, HANY ABU-ASSAD's Paradise Now, Bertrand Tavernier's HOLY LOLA as well as ALI SAMADI AHADI's and OLIVER STOLTZ' LOST CHILDREN.

The film explores the life of legendary CBS reporter Edward R Murrow, whose journalism brought down controversial US senator Joseph Mccarthy in the 1950s.

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Fresh Bait Review


OK
French sophisticates cringed in horror, I'm sure, when news of this (true) 1993 crime came to light: A girl and her two friends tortured and murdered a pair of wealthy men. Why? Because they wanted to raise money to open an upscale clothing boutique in the United States.

Well, it's easier than venture capital. And it helps if you're a psychopath. The movie belongs to ingenue Marie Gillain (best known as the daughter in My Father the Hero), who just so happens to appear naked pretty much throughout the entire film. Nothing wrong with that, and in fact it's not totally gratuitous: You'd have to be a nut to strip this often in front of this many people.

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It All Starts Today Review


Unbearable
Ya know, if you'd told me someone made a movie about a poor region in northern France, where a harried schoolmaster runs a kindergarten the best he can, well, I would have told you that was a stupid idea for a movie.

And I would have been right again!

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Safe Conduct Review


Weak
French director (and cineaste favorite) Bertrand Tavernier is 20 years out from his masterpiece, Coup de torchon. Since then, most of his work has been forgettable, if not awful ('Round Midnight being the exception), and Tavernier seemed to be scraping bottom in 1999 with his oh-my-God-how-uninteresting-can-one-movie-be It All Starts Today.

Tavernier's 2002 entry, Safe Conduct, starts out with considerable promise, but it's ultimately a squandered effort.

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