BEATRICE
La passion Béatrice
1987, AMLF, 130 min, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

This unflinching portrait of life in medieval France stars Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu as François, who returns home after years of battle a changed man. Daughter Béatrice (Julie Delpy) idolizes him at first, but her love is challenged by François’ growing brutality. “No other Middle Ages period film looks quite like this one - and only a few, like Walerian Borowczyk's 1971 BLANCHE, tell such seemingly merciless and anti-romantic stories.” – Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times.


'ROUND MIDNIGHT
1986, Warner Bros., 133 min, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

Jazz legend Dexter Gordon gives the performance of a lifetime as saxophone player Dale Turner, a talented musician whose alcoholism and alienation are getting the best of him in 1950s New York. When Dale is invited to play at a club in Paris, he enjoys a few precious moments of freedom from racism, and a moving if brief relationship with his young daughter and an enthusiastic local fan.


LIFE AND NOTHING BUT
LA VIE ET RIEN D'AUTRE
1989, MGM Repertory, 135 min, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

At the end of World War I, the aging Major Dellaplane (Philippe Noiret) has been given the soul-numbing job of matching 350,000 missing French soldiers with their families' descriptions. When haughty Parisian Irene (Sabine Azema) arrives searching for her missing husband, the two strike up an unusual, increasingly tender relationship in the midst of the bleakest of aftermaths. In French with English subtitles.


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