SAFE CONDUCT
LAISSEZ-PASSER
2002, Rialto Pictures, 170 min, France/Germany/Spain, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

Inspired by the memoirs of filmmaker Jean-Devaivre, this rich drama serves as a love letter to moviemaking while illuminating a painful period of French history. During the 1940s German Occupation, Devaivre (played here by Silver Bear winner Jacques Gamblin) and screenwriter Jean Aurenche (Denis Podalydès) struggle to continue making films without selling their souls to the Nazis.


MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA
VOYAGE A TRAVERS DU CINÉMA FRANÇAIS
2016, Cohen Film, 190 min, France, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

Described by director Bertrand Tavernier as “an expression of gratitude to all those filmmakers, screenwriters, actors and musicians who have erupted into my life,” this documentary is manna from heaven to fans of French film. Spanning nearly half a century of the country’s cinematic history, the clips and reminiscences here showcase the work of luminaries including Jacques Becker, Marcel Carné and Jean Renoir as well as unjustly neglected talents.


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