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Born: April 25, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: director, critic, author

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Tavernier quit law school to write film criticism for CAHIERS DU CINEMA and other major journals, worked as an assistant director and publicist (e.g., for Jean-Pierre Melville) and authored a couple of books on American cinema before making his first feature, "The Clockmaker" (1973). Adapted from a Georges Simenon novel (and transposed from the USA to Tavernier's home town), it is an intelligent, studied debut with finely-tuned performances, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 1974 Berlin Film Festival, the Prix Louis Delluc in France, and established Tavernier's reputation. His subsequent works have been equally well-crafted, displaying an affecting confluence of French and American cinematic styles. Tavernier's other noted films include "Clean Slate" (1981), a bold adaptation of Jim Thompson's "Pop. 1280", set not in the US South, but in French North Africa, and "'Round Midnight" (1986), a smooth, pseudo-biopic of a black-American jazz musician in 1950s Paris. Tavernier is separated from screenwriter Colo Tavernier Hagan, who has worked on several of his films, and the father of actor Nils Tavernier, who appeared in, among others, "Beatrice" (1987).

Tavernier quit law school to write film criticism for CAHIERS DU CINEMA and other major journals, worked as an assistant director and publicist (e.g., for Jean-Pierre Melville) and authored a couple of books on American cinema before making his first feature, "The Clockmaker" (1973). Adapted from a Georges Simenon novel (and transposed from the USA to Tavernier's home town), it is an intelligent, studied debut with finely-tuned performances, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 1974 Berlin Film Festival, the Prix Louis Delluc in France, and established Tavernier's reputation. His subsequent works have been equally well-crafted, displaying an affecting confluence of French and American cinematic styles. Tavernier's other noted films include "Clean Slate" (1981), a bold adaptation of Jim Thompson's "Pop. 1280", set not in the US South, but in French North Africa, and "'Round Midnight" (1986), a smooth, pseudo-biopic of a black-American jazz musician in 1950s Paris. Tavernier is separated from screenwriter Colo Tavernier Hagan, who has worked on several of his films, and the father of actor Nils Tavernier, who appeared in, among others, "Beatrice" (1987).

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1960:
Hired by Jean-Pierre Melville as assistant director on "Leon Morin, prete"
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Wrote for the film journals <i>Cinema, Cahiers du Cinema</i>, and <i>Positif</i> in the 1960s
1961:
Became press officer to producer Georges de Beauregard
1963:
Directorial debut with sketch for film "Les Baisers"
1965:
Worked with Pierre Rissient as freelance publicist
1967:
Co-scripted first film, "Coplan ouvre le feu a Mexico"
1974:
Directed first feature film, "L'Horloger de Saint-Paul"/The Clockmaker
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Education

Lycee Henri IV: -
Sorbonne, University of Paris: -

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wife:
Colo Tavernier Hagan. Screenwriter. Married in 1965; separated in 1980; divorced in 1983; has worked with husband since their separation.

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father:
Rene Tavernier. Writer, translator, poet, editor. Edited one of few independent journals in Vichy France; born c. 1915; died on December 16, 1989 in Paris, France.
daughter:
Tiffany Tavernier. Born c. 1966; mother, Colo Tavernier.
son:
Nils Tavernier. Actor, director. Mother, Colo Tavernier.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Trente ans du cinema americain"
"Bertrand Tavernier: Fractured Narrative and Bourgeois Values" Scarecrow Press

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