Thursday, 29 September 2016

LFF 2016 PREVIEW: JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA


'An ingenious mix of the personal and the historical'
Joan Dupont, Film Comment

'A shining example of what appears to be a growing genre: the documentary examination and celebration of the art of narrative cinema'
Kent Jones, Film Comment

'Essential viewing for cinephiles and Francophiles alike'
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Clocking in at 3 hours and 15 minutes, the second-longest of my 2016 LFF films (on the whole, an uncommonly brief bunch), Bertrand Tavernier presents Journey Through French Cinema. It's sure to be a real treat, watching a master of the medium reflect on the culture which inspired him, to which he himself has contributed enormously, and which has proven such a vast influence on my own appreciation of the medium. And critics seem to agree that the film is a treat indeed, having praised the film since its premiere at Cannes this year. I look forward to spending a few hours with Tavernier and French film, and also to the planned second part of this proposed double feature of docs from the great director.