VH 200 Bertrand Tavernier Hero
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Bertrand Tavernier (1941-2021)

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

French director Bertrand Tavernier examines his 50-plus-year career, touching upon The Clockmaker (1974), Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975), Death Watch (1980), and Round Midnight (1986); and working with actors Philippe Noiret, Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Isabelle Huppert, Dexter Gordon, and Tommy Lee Jones.

On Long Takes

Director Bertrand Tavernier praises the long take and offers particular moments when it should be employed.

On Jean Renoir

Tavernier speaks about noted French director Jean Renoir and shares an insight he discovered about Renoir’s work while making his documentary My Journey through French Cinema.

On Casting Round Midnight

Tavernier talks about his decision to cast musician (and non-actor) Dexter Gordon as the lead for Round Midnight.