Martin Scorsese: “I will never have the chance to meet such an extraordinary man as Bertrand Tavernier again”


In a text published by the Lumière Institute, the American filmmaker wished to pay tribute to his friend, the French director who died on March 25.

Bertrand was a unique filmmaker, unlike any other“. In a letter published on the website of the Lumière Institute, Martin Scorsese paid a final tribute to Bertrand Tavernier. The American filmmaker had been warned of the disappearance of his French counterpart by Thierry Frémaux. “ A few hours later, he sent us this text», Explained the general delegate of the Cannes festival and president of the association Frères Lumière in the preamble of the writing.

Scorsese and Tavernier, it is first of all the meeting of two enthusiasts of the seventh art at the beginning of the 1970s. “They (with his partner Pierre Rissient, Editor’s note) had seen Mean Streets and vigorously defended it publicly. Support that meant a lot to me», Remembers the director of Taxi Driver.

Bertrand was intimately familiar with all aspects of French cinema. It is an incredible chance for all of us that Bertrand shared his knowledge and his passion in his documentary Vjourney through French cinema, a work of great beauty», He continues between two memories, also considering that Tavernier’s dictionary, 50 years of American cinema co-written with Jean-Pierre Coursodon, deserves a translation into the language of Shakespeare.

Today it is very difficult for me to tell myself that I will never have the chance to receive all this incredible energy again

Martin scorsese

Bertrand was so passionate that he could literally knock you out. He would sit, for hours and hours, arguing for or against a film, a filmmaker, a musician, a book or a political decision. After a while, overwhelmed, you just wondered: where does all this energy come from? Today it is very difficult for me to tell myself that I will never have the chance to receive all this incredible energy again. That I will never have the chance to meet such an extraordinary man, such an irreplaceable man», Concludes Scorsese, visibly very touched by the disappearance of his friend.

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