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Adieu Bertrand!

By bliba  
my newspapper and my afternoon Single Malt

He made "The Decoy" and "At Midnight", was nominated for an Oscar and received a lifetime achievement award: French director Bertrand Tavernier is dead.
All the directors who shaped French cinema in the 70s and 80s, Bertrand Tavernier was perhaps the most prolific. His films such as "At Midnight", "Death Watch", "The Clockmaker of St. Paul" or "The Judge and the Murderer" quickly became French box-office hits of the time, but also had international appeal. Tavernier stood in the tradition of a French narrative cinema that refused to be American. As a director who came a generation after the famous role models of the Nouvelle Vague - from Godard to Chabrol and Truffaut

"The more I got involved with directing, the more I moved away from this all-overshadowing American cinema, which wants to have solved all questions with its way of making at the end of a film," Tavernier said in an interview with the "Wiener Zeitung" in 2005. "I, on the other hand, love the open ending! These are things you give to the audience as a gift; they can then speculate about what happened. For me, there is this moment when you have to stop the story. In all my films I have practised that".

continuation of Glaube,Liebe,Hoffnung ......Eric Rohmer and my afternoon coffee..

thanks for looking

oliver




Tags: Photo journalism Movie Monocrome Nouvelle Vague French narrative cinema At Midnight

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Comments


13 Apr 2021 4:27PM
Thank you for sharing. I do not know much about French Cinema.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2420 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2021 4:34PM
'The tradition that refused to be American...'
The tradition is still alive, but endangered. Thanks for this reminder.
PS I like your paperweight... Wink
13 Apr 2021 4:54PM
Yes, great paperweight. Must admit to having some of those myselfGrin:Wink
13 Apr 2021 5:02PM
Nicely composed image!
cooky Plus
17 6 4 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2021 5:21PM
What a lovely tribute and image to someone who was, 'Their own man' Oliver.

Kath
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
13 Apr 2021 5:21PM
This is lovely.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2021 5:33PM
Very moving tribute Ollie, remarkable man...
Isabel
13 Apr 2021 5:45PM
This what a Russian cinema critic wrote about him on the occasion of his death (translated with deepl.com):

He "suffered" from intellectual bulimia: he adored and greedily devoured life and art. Not only was he close to all the titans of cinema for half a century, and about each had an amusingly instructive anecdote ready to hand. He knew everything in the world and judged everything competently and categorically: surrealism and colonialism, the intrigues of the Court of Versailles and street gangs.

p.s. Lagavulin 12 Years is a good choice
13 Apr 2021 5:48PM
Interesting write up with a fine composed image, Ollie.SmileSmile
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
13 Apr 2021 5:48PM
Single malt --good anytime!
13 Apr 2021 5:54PM
Such a simple subject matter but so brilliantly photographed, Ollie.

JohnSmile
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1859 England
13 Apr 2021 6:41PM
Thank you, Ollie.

It's always good to be reminded of the proper relationship between nations and national traditions. Much that is American is wonderful, but we don't all have to be American. The world is a richer, better place with real diversity.

Like whisky, the more different flavours there are, the better: it would be a sad world if everyone drank cheap blended Scotch...

Long live our own national characteristics and distinctions of which we can be proud - and let us never seek to belittle those of others.

(Mind you, I think that the French are better at maintaining a separate tradition than the English are... As an Englishman, I am sorry we don't do better, and kinder!)
13 Apr 2021 7:01PM
Lovely tribute Oliver Not a name I recognize ,as I do not follow French cinema. Will watch for his movies going forward as I admire your taste. I do remember Francois Truffaut for his fine movies and starring role in Spielbergs movie close encounters of the third kind.
Cheers Walt
Minty805 Plus
4 42 9 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2021 8:15PM
A very successful image, in provoking lively discussion as well as being beautifully constructed. I admit I didn't know of this director and have little knowledge of French cinema, specifically, so I found the picture and words fascinating.
13 Apr 2021 8:21PM
Great image and an excellent tribute.

LorySmile
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
13 Apr 2021 8:21PM
I admire the French for their stand against Americanism. There are so many other film cultures that are culturally richer than Hollywood. If it weren't for the French I doubt Concorde would have been as successful an airliner but that's a story for another time.

And a great choice of Malt Ollie Smile
johnke Plus
8 229 17 England
13 Apr 2021 9:08PM
A story telling Image Oliver, mothing wrong with the truth but its hidden these days

The global village and world domination is coming....John
richmowil Plus
12 447 2 England
13 Apr 2021 11:28PM
Excellent Image!
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
13 Apr 2021 11:51PM
Bertrand Tavernier is not a name can say I am familiar with, but from your write-up it might be worthwhile seeing if you still view some of his films.
An interesting malt from the Isle of Islay. These are three well-known malts from there: Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin, they all have a slight peaty flavour. The only thing wrong with the bottle is it empty, and so is the glass!
A good idea well executed and composed, Oliver.
Ian
Nigel_NZ 15 26 2 New Zealand
14 Apr 2021 11:34AM
As an English bloke I find French cinema enigmatic, often dark brooding and then light and free, a balance of styles. One of the best French films I recall is Delicatessen by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, starring Dominique Pinon and Marie-Laure Dougnac, (lifted from Wiki), and in the odd genre of sci-fi / comedy, it takes a different sort of viewer to appreciate this one, Full marks to the French for sticking it to the 'Muricans.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
14 Apr 2021 11:44AM
A fine image, Ollie, and an interesting write-up too 👍 Like the sound of the Lagavulin, not one I've tried (my favourite malt is Laphroaig, but like any!) 🥃
Trev 😀
capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2021 3:26PM
A fine way to say adieu.Smile
ivor
14 Apr 2021 5:30PM
Lagavulin. Yes please...
clevercloggs Plus
17 251 15 Netherlands
15 Apr 2021 11:24AM
beautiful delicate tones.
Robert
16 Apr 2021 10:27AM

Quote:Interesting write up with a fine composed image, Ollie.SmileSmile
I agree with Len! SmileSmileSmile

Jukka.
19 Apr 2021 7:47AM

Quote:Very moving tribute Ollie, remarkable man...
Isabel

I agree with Isabel! SmileSmileSmile

Jukka
21 Apr 2021 3:15AM
I don't know his movies.....but that is one of my favorite single malts....terrific photo.

Peter
scrimmy Plus
12 390 5 Scotland
22 Apr 2021 2:31PM
Superb image. Different viewers have interpreted this image to their own interests, as they should. For me it's all about the whisky with the addition of a Glencairn glass a stroke of genius. Grin

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