Bertrand Tavernier

By Lynn Anthony Higgins

Bertrand Tavernier

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5923-0
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: October 2015
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Films, cinema, Individual film directors, film-makers, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


Bertrand Tavernier is widely recognised as the leading French filmmaker of his generation. Both a consummate artist and a controversial public figure, he is a passionate advocate for social causes and also a tireless defender of world cinema in general and the French cinematic heritage in particular.

Lynn Higgins' book offers a guided tour through Tavernier's oeuvre, taking into account both its prodigious diversity and its unifying themes. It explores his use of genre and adaptation, his work with actors and his affection for characters, his treatment of France's colonial history, his explorations of the powers of art and the complexities of intergenerational relations, both among fictional characters and within French cinema history.

This is the most comprehensive scholarly book about Tavernier. Original and lively, sophisticated and engaging, the book will appeal to anyone interested in film studies, gender studies, and French cultural studies including academics, students, cinema enthusiasts, and Tavernier fans.


Lynn A Higgins holds the Edward Tuck Professorship in French Studies in the Department of French and Italian and serves as the Frank J. Guarini Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies and interdisciplinary Programs at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire


1. Tavernier and the 'Merveilleux Lyonnais'
2. A Filmmaker in His Generation
3. Portraits of the Artist
4. Tavernier's Historiography
5. The Documentary Gaze
6. Citizen Tavernier

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