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Classic French Cinema in Portland

Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s passion- and knowledge-filled cinema valentines My Voyage To Italy and Personal Journey Through American Movies, the great French director Bertrand Tavernier’s (A Sunday in the Country, Round Midnight), epic new documentary My Journey Through French Cinema shares his lifetime of love for Gallic cinema. From the New Wave giants such as Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, and Claude Sautet, to Jean-Pierre Melville (for whom he worked as an assistant) and “movie godfathers” like Jacques Becker, Jean Renoir, and Marcel Carne. Tavernier’s film salutes many overlooked and forgotten figures — actors, writers, composers, cinematographers — whose rich contributions built France’s cinema legacy. Tavernier’s affectionate salute provides the opportunity to screen some of his French classics — some familiar, some less seen — throughout the summer.


My Journey Through French Cinema, Bertrand Tavernier, 2016
July 15, 16, 30

Angels of Sin, Robert Bresson, 1943
July 22

Le samouraï, Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967
July 23

Le jour se lève, Marcel Carné, 1939
July 29

La traversée de Paris, Claude Autant-Lara, 1956
August 5

Children of Paradise, Marcel Carné, 1945
August 6

Classe tous risques, Claude Sautet, 1960
August 12

Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969
August 13

Casque d’or, Jacques Becker, 1952
August 19

Rules of the Game, Jean Renoir, 1939
August 20

Panique, Julien Duvivier, 1956
August 26, 27, 29