Montpensier 3 - Bertrand Tavernier

 My first post about Princess of Montpensier outlined the story. In the second post I spoke to the cinematographer, Bruno de Keyzer, focusing on 3 scenes from the movie. In this post I present a video interview that I shot with the director, Bertrand Tavernier, also discussing one of those scenes.

In the scene that Tavernier refers to, the young heroine, Marie, interrupts a Latin class with her tutor to tell him that she wants to learn how to write, a rare skill for women of the time.

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Tavernier starts by discussing the fast dolly in to Marie as she tells her tutor: "I want to write"

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Tavernier also mentions that he went to reverse shots to underline the conflict between the 2 characters, but that his reverses are never symmetrical:

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Director Bertrand Tavernier evokes camera movement, the camera as a character, and the use of music.

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LINKS

Bertrand Tavernier on imdb

An illustrated filmography of Tavernier

Tavernier makes a reference to John Wayne in The Searchers by one of his favorite directors, John Ford

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Princess PART 1: the story

Princess PART 2: The cinematographer Bruno de Keyzer, BSC

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Video of Bertrand Tavernier shot & edited by Benjamin B

Images courtesy of IFC Films & Fredell Pogodin

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