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French actor and director Bertrand Tavernier has died

French actor, screenwriter and director Bertrand Tavernier has died at the age of 79, reports Agence France-Presse, quoted by BTA.

The message was spread by his family and the Lumiere Institute in Lyon.

Tavernier has made about 30 films. Among the most famous are “Around Midnight”, which won an Oscar in 1985 for best music, “The Judge and the Killer”, “Police Squad L-627”.

A scene from Bertrand Tavarnier’s The Watchmaker of Saint Paul (1974)

Tavernier’s debut film, The Watchmaker of Saint-Paul, won him a special award at the 1974 Berlinale jury. Tavernier was voted best director at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival for A Sunday in the Country. He has also won four Cesar Awards.

In 1990, he won a BAFTA for “Life and Nothing Else,” a scorching drama about the identification of corpses scattered on the battlefields of World War I.

Until recently, Tavernier was not afraid to be brave, when, although he lost many friends, he turned politically to the French left.

Bertrand Tavernier at the Brussels Film Festival in 2013 (Photo: Getty Images)

The son of a French Resistance fighter, Tavernier has won fans and international fame with his unique combination of elegant “classic” films and contemporary dramas.

Its main themes are injustice, racism and the curse of unemployment. It was their capture that led the French director to compare with the British Ken Loach – although stylistically he had more in common with Hollywood geniuses like John Ford.

A scene from the movie “Flawless Reputation” (1981)

Both in front of and behind the camera, Tavernier fought tirelessly against censorship, the torture of the Algerian War of Independence, the rights of migrants, and the defense of European cinema against Hollywood.

But he was just as unappealable about the French election in 2007 when he voted for the center-right French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who, as interior minister, had repealed a law that allowed immigrants to be deported to French prisons. even if they have ties to France.

Sarkozy was forced to act after the documentary on Tavernier.

French director Bertrand Tavernier and actress Melanie Thierry at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 (Photo: Getty Images)

An extremely prolific humanist

The director later said that he had unsuccessfully lobbied for the previous French “cowardly” socialist government. According to Tavarenie, Sarkozy owes his popularity to the “uselessness” of the French left.

Tavernier’s approach to cinema is linked to the return of French cinema to the themes of conflict and the social consequences of countries’ economic interests.

“Tavarnier is a complete, complete author, an instinctive anti-conformist and boldly eclectic in his expression,” said Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice Film Festival.

A scene from Bertrand Tavarnier’s Life and Nothing (1989)

Son of a Resistance fighter

Tavernier was born during World War II in the southeastern French city of Lyon. The city was already under the relentless grip of Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie when baby Bertrand appeared on the evening of April 25, 1941.

His father, the writer Rene Tavernier, was a member of the Resistance from the beginning and hid the communist poet Louis Aragon in his home throughout the war.

Director and actor Bertrand Tavernier at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 (Photo: Getty Images)

Little Tavernier was a sick child and discovered the magic of cinema during his stay in a sanatorium after falling ill with tuberculosis.

He moved to Paris to study law, but soon found himself writing more for film magazines. So soon he became an assistant to several famous French directors, including the master of the New Wave Jean-Luc Godard.

Tavernier says that, in fact, the golden age of Hollywood prompted him to make movies because watching cowboy movies filled him with “physical pleasure.”

A tribute to his memory!

Bertrand Tavernier in 1974 (Photo: Getty Images)