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5 Films by Bertrand Tavernier in March

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of five films by Bertrand Tavernier on 24th March 2008. Born in Lyon in 1941, son of author René Tavernier, Bertrand Tavernier began his career with a short lived stint as an assistant to Jean-Pierre Melville – an experience and environment that affected him so deeply that he took up first film journalism then worked as a press agent for ten years before returning to filmmaking. His first film was L’Horloger de Saint-Paul, starring Philippe Noiret who then became a Tavernier regular. Tavernier’s work spans the centuries but invariably has intelligent, graceful and often controversial comment to make on the complexities of politics, justice, class, society’s ills and the human spirit.

Priced at £17.99 each, synopses and tech specs for the five films follow…

The Watchmaker of St. Paul (1974))
L’Horloger De Saint-Paul

Michel Descombes (Philippe Noiret) is a clock-maker in the district of Saint-Paul, Lyons. He lives quietly, sharing a house with his son who comes and goes as he pleases. One day, a police inspector (Jean Rochefort) arrives looking for Descombes’ son, who has committed a murder. As the investigation proceeds, the two older men become friends. Based on the novel by Georges Simenon, L’Horloger de Saint Paul is remarkable film as it eschews the expected narrative of a manhunt for the son to focus on the relationship between Descombes and the Inspector, and Descombes and his son, as the clock-maker tries to understand what could have motivated his son to murder. The film won two awards at the Berlin Film Festival.

Features include:

  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand New Director’s Commentary
  • New foreword by Bertrand Tavernier
  • Trailer

The Judge and The Assassin (1976)
Le Juge Et L'Assassin

France, 1893. Following years of abuse, poverty and rejection a former soldier, Joseph Bouvier (Michel Galabru), shoots his beloved (Isabelle Huppert) and attempts to kill himself. Surviving with two bullets in his brain, he is ejected from a state medical facility and becomes a beggar then serial rapist and killer. Upon his capture, the Judge (Philippe Noiret) assigned to his case sees this poor unfortunate as the perfect vehicle to advance his career as a politician, and sets about employing any means necessary to hound a confession out of him. Through the circumstances and actions of both men Le Juge Et L'Assassin takes a wider look at the problems endemic in a society that breeds hopelessness and desperation amongst its lower classes, then condemns them to a justice system whose machinations are sometimes as heinous as the crimes it seeks to punish.

Features include:
  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New foreword by Bertrand Tavernier
  • Trailer

Coup De Torchon (1981)
Clean Slate

Inspired by Jim Thompson’s novel Pop.1280, Tavernier transplants the action of the novel to a French African colony in 1938. Lucien Cordier (Philippe Noiret) is the corrupt, ineffective local police chief in a dusty village, a figure of ridicule in a community where all the colonials have lost their self-respect. When a superior humiliates him yet again, Cordier reacts with a violence that is almost biblical in proportion. Thus inspired to break out of his crushingly boring existence, he embarks on a killing spree of all those he perceives as his enemies. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film and also starring Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Arcan and Jean-Pierre Marielle.

Features include:
  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New foreword by Bertrand Tavernier
  • Trailer

L.627 (1992)

For 35-year-old Lucien “Lulu” Marguet (Didier Bezace), being a policeman is more than a job – it’s a burning passion. Following another run-in with a superior, Lulu is demoted and sent to work in narcotics. Faced with insufficient funding and support, the squad fights to maintain some kind of control over the ever-increasing drugs trade. In this seedy underbelly of Paris, faced with all this violence, depravation and corruption, how long can Lulu maintain his intergrity and humanity? Also starring Charlotte Kady, Jean-Paul Comart and Nils Tavernier, the film was nominated for 4 Césars.

Features include:
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand New Director’s Commentary
  • New foreword by Bertrand Tavernier
  • Trailer

It All Starts Today (1999)
Ça Commence Aujourd'Hui

Daniel (Philippe Torreton) is schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production, has been mired in a depression ever since the mines were closed. As their parents struggle with unemployment, poverty, and often alcoholism, the children suffer the consequences. Although outside of his responsibility as a teacher, Daniel is driven to try and address the problem by rallying the community, local authorities and city hall. This however turns out to be a frustrating task as each is overwhelmed by and preoccupied with their own concerns above all else. Winner of 3 awards at Berlin Film Festival, amongst many others.

Features include:
  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0 & DD5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Making Of featurette (47mins)
  • New foreword by Bertrand Tavernier
  • Trailer





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