Bertrand Tavernier

Bertrand Tavernier ( born April 25, 1941 in Lyon ) is a French film director.


Bertrand Tavernier is from Lyon and is a son of the writer and essayist René Tavernier. Together with Volker Schlöndorff, he attended the Lycée Henri IV in Paris. He first studied law and wrote film reviews in various magazines. Later he worked as an assistant director on Jean -Pierre Melville and as a press agent.

From 1965 to 1980 he was married to the British Colo O'Hagan. He has a daughter named Tiffany and a son, Nils Tavernier ( born September 1, 1965), which is also active as a director and as an actor.

After two short films from the year 1964 and a failed film project for which James Mason and Jacques Brel were provided was The Clockmaker by Georges Simenon's novel The Watchmaker of Everton Tavernier's first feature film. Tavernier transferred the plot in his hometown of Lyon and extended it to a political dimension. The film won a Silver Bear and the Louis- Delluc Prize 1974. Tavernier's biggest success was the jazz movie at midnight in 1986 with saxophonist Dexter Gordon in the lead role and the music of Herbie Hancock, who won the Oscar for this music. Tavernier has also remained true to his profession as a director as a film writer and has published several books on cinema. In many of his films Christine Pascal played, which comes as Tavernier from Lyon, and Philippe Noiret with.


  • Tavernier, along with Jean -Pierre Coursodon: 50 ans de cinéma américain. (50 years American Cinema ) Publisher omnibus, 1960 - A. 1 and 1995 2 A. 1268 pages. ISBN 2-258-04027-2 (French Time and again updated movie history, the book received these awards: Prix du livre Art et Essai 1991 Prix Simone Genevois )

Filmography (selection)


Literature (selection )

  • 2008: Daniel Winkler, The Appeal of 66 Filmmakers à la désobéissance Code. The complex press, TV and migration policy anno 1997, in: Quo vadis Romania? Magazine for a current Romance 32, pp. 62-79.
  • 2002: Daniel Winkler, forms of representation of the Paris Banlieue 90 years between documentation and design: Bertrand Tavernier and Nils De l' autre côté du documentary Périph ' Tahar Ben Jelloun's narrative and Les raisins de la galère, in: collection point. Electronically archived theory.

Pictures of Bertrand Tavernier