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Screening of Round Midnight with director Bertrand Tavernier

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway at 116th st

Special screening followed by a discussion with director Bertrand Tavernier and invited guests

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French film director Bertrand Tavernier presents his 1986 film Round Midnight, an American-French musical drama about the Paris jazz scene of the 1950s, starring Dexter Gordon, Franois Cluzet and Herbie Hancock. Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret and Wayne Shorter also appear in cameos. The film was written by Tavernier and based on a composite of jazz legends Lester Young and Bud Powell. Dexter Gordon won a Grammy for the film's soundtrack entitled The Other Side of Round Midnight in the category for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Soloist. Herbie Hancock won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score.

Bertrand Tavernier is the 2014 Visiting French Artist invited by the Maison Franaise and School of the Arts at Columbia University.  His visit also includes several master classes taught to students at Columbia. 

Tavernier has directed 30 films over a long and distinguished filmmaking career. His early work was dominated by mysteries, but his later work is characterized by a more overt social commentary, highlighting his left-wing views (Life and Nothing But, Capitaine Conan) and presenting a critical picture of contemporary French society (a commence aujourd'hui, Histoires de vies brises: les double-peine de Lyon). His films have garnered many awards including the Prix Louis Delluc, the Special Jury Prize award at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival, the BAFTA for best film in a language other than English, the Golden Bear Award at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival, and four Csar Awards. Tavernier's newest film, Quai d'Orsay, is being presented on March 16 at the Rendez-vous with French Cinema Festival at Lincoln Center.

Event co-sponsored by the School of the Arts and the Center for Jazz Studies