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The Clockmaker

Former critic and press agent Bertrand Tavernier made his filmmaking debut with this 1973 feature, based on a novel by Georges Simenon and shot in Tavernier's home town of Lyons. Philippe Noiret is the order-loving craftsman awakened from his dream of security by the news that his factory-worker son has murdered his boss. The moral and political issues are handled with great delicacy as Noiret, cooperating in the hunt for the fugitive, comes to understand his son's act as an assassination. Tavernier turns away from the flashy stylistics of the French New Wave in favor of a quiet, prodding approach; the film attempts to depict the minute workings of one man's mind, and succeeds with warmth and intelligence.

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