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The Clockmaker of St. Paul

L'horloger de Saint-Paul

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
France, 1974
Crime, Thriller, Drama


The title character, played by Tavernier’s “alter ego” Philipe Noiret, is benumbed by the nihilistic activities of his son Sylvain Rougerie. Arrested on charges ranging from arson to murder, Rougerie offers the standard-issue explanation.

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The Clockmaker of St. Paul Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1974 | 3 wins including: Special Jury Prize (Silver Berlin Bear)

National Board of Review

1976 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Prix Louis Delluc

1973 | Winner: Prix Louis Delluc

Critics reviews

The Watchmaker of St. Paul is an intricate, multi-layered and tactile thing. It is anchored by Philippe Noiret, who made the film possible. His presence attracted funding, and he cut his salary in half to lower the budget. When Tavernier asked him later on why he chose to help, Noiret responded, "I gave you my word.
July 01, 2014
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