Directed by Bertrand Tavernier (France, 2016, 210 min.).

Vital watching for cinephiles, master director Bertrand Tavernier (Round Midnight; The Princess of Montpensier) surveys the history of French film, honoring beloved, sometimes forgotten directors, actors, and films through interviews, personal reflections, and an abundance of classic footage.

“Deep, thoughtful, immersive….its explanatory title doesn’t begin to convey just how exhilarating or inspiring a documentary this truly is, and how excellent a trip this well-respected French director takes you on.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“It would be a shame if the film were to be seen only by those already interested in French cinema. Anyone with an eye for grace, industry, resilience, rich shadows, and strong cigarettes should go along.”
– Anthony Lane, The New Yorker


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