Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#126 Post by tavernier » Mon May 24, 2010 4:48 pm

Two weeks of Rohmer films at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, August 18-September 3.

On the schedule:
La Collectioneuse
My Night at Maud’s
Claire’s Knee
Chloe in the Afternoon
The Marquise of O
Perceval Le Gallois
The Aviator’s Wife
Le Beau Mariage
Pauline at the Beach
Full Moon in Paris
Summer (Le Rayon Vert)
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
Boyfriends and Girlfriends
Tale of Springtime
Tale of Winter
The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque
Rendezvous in Paris
A Summer’s Tale
Autumn Tale
The Lady and the Duke
Triple Agent
The Romance of Astree and Celadon

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#127 Post by GaryC » Mon May 24, 2010 6:13 pm

That's admirably comprehensive - all but one of the (cinema) features. Wonder why they aren't showing The Sign of Leo?

And points for showing The Tree, The Mayor and the Mediatheque, which isn't available on an English-friendly DVD.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#128 Post by Fiery Angel » Mon May 24, 2010 7:04 pm

I saw The Tree, the Mayor... back in '92 at the Walter Reade--I think it's the only time it was shown in New York.

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#129 Post by lady wakasa » Mon May 24, 2010 7:57 pm

My Eric Rohmer knowledge is pretty minimal (I've seen Claire’s Knee) - so if anyone wants to suggest 5-10 of those films I should really really go see, especially those that don't get much exposure, because I doubt I can do them all, it'd be greatly appreciated.

(And I'll try to shore up the Rohmer background in the meantime.)

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#130 Post by Michael Kerpan » Mon May 24, 2010 8:04 pm

My favorite is The Green Ray (called Summer in the US -- Tale of Summer is something different)

Tales of Four Seasons -- especially Tale of Winter and Tale of Summer, though Tale of Autumn is also very fine. Tale of Spring is a bit weaker (but still okay)

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#131 Post by knives » Mon May 24, 2010 9:51 pm

I'll second the Green Ray which is in the running for my favorite Rohmer. It proves that he's special as a director, not just a writer with some of the most beautiful images of his career.The Marquise of O, The Aviator’s Wife, and The Romance of Astree and Celadon are all also essential if you get the chance.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#132 Post by Numero Trois » Mon May 24, 2010 10:39 pm

I agree that The Marquise of O is a good place to start with Rohmer. That and his Perceval Le Gallois. He really came into his own as a filmmaker with those. Like knives said, I guess that's the difference between those films and his earlier ones- his directing skills caught up to his writing.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#133 Post by GaryC » Tue May 25, 2010 3:31 pm

Personally I'm not as fond of the literary adaptations as I am of the series films, but to each their own.

Personal favourites include Chloe in the Afternoon (L'amour, l'après-midi) from the Moral Tales, The Green Ray (Summer) from the Comedies and Proverbs and A Winter's Tale from the Tales of Four Seasons. The last-named moves him into Kieslowski territory, though stylistically it's quite different.

And while I'm here, My Night at Maud's is being reissued in the UK. It has a run at the BFI Southbank in a digital print starting on 23 July. I saw it in 35mm last time it was reissued, at the Everyman in 1992 - maybe while MichaelB was working there...

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#134 Post by Perkins Cobb » Wed May 26, 2010 7:23 am

Fiery Angel wrote:I saw The Tree, the Mayor... back in '92 at the Walter Reade--I think it's the only time it was shown in New York.
No, Alliance Francaise showed it last year. Also, I've heard that (as with some other recent FSLC programs) a few of the Rohmers may be shown on video in the upcoming retro.
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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#135 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Wed May 26, 2010 8:46 am

I'd recommend My Night at Maud’s, Pauline at the Beach, Tale of Springtime, and Triple Agent.

edit: Has anyone seen Rohmer's Catherine de Heilbronn?

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#136 Post by lady wakasa » Sun May 30, 2010 1:05 pm

Thanks muchly to all for the recommendations. Some of this will depend on the actual schedule (and me grabbing time to read a good biography), but I'll definitely keep these (and the underlying groupings) in mind.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#137 Post by GaryC » Sun May 30, 2010 5:21 pm

Jean-Luc Garbo wrote:Has anyone seen Rohmer's Catherine de Heilbronn?
No...and the only DVD release I know of is a French disc (it's an extra for The Marquise of O...) which isn't English-friendly.

As well as with Marquise (also based on work by Heinrich von Kleist) it has a connection with Full Moon in Paris, as the late Pascale Ogier's other lead role for Rohmer - she plays the title role.

This and The Tree, The Mayor and The Mediatheque are the only Rohmer features I haven't seen.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#138 Post by DeParis » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:26 am

For those who live in the DC area, the AFI Silver is currently having a Rohmer retrospective. They're featuring his Six Moral Tales Series and his Comedies and Proverbs Series, from now until the end of June: http://www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplayin ... ohmer.aspx

Any recommendations on which of these films might be the best to start with for someone unfamiliar with Rohmer's work?

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#139 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:13 pm

My Night At Maud's and Pauline at the Beach.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#140 Post by Murdoch » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:28 pm

Summer and Boyfriends and Girlfriends (my two favorite Rohmers!)

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#141 Post by FerdinandGriffon » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:56 pm

Boyfriends and Girlfriends, La collectioneuse (A perfect way to celebrate the return of good weather!), and Maud's.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#142 Post by knives » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:29 pm

The Green Ray also is a must see. That said nearly all of his films are worth seeing if you can.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#143 Post by domino harvey » Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:15 pm

Claire's Knee

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#144 Post by zedz » Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:08 pm

knives wrote:The Green Ray also is a must see. That said nearly all of his films are worth seeing if you can.
Definitely The Green Ray. Not only is it one of Rohmer's greatest films, but the climactic moment should be seen in as good a print / format as possible.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#145 Post by Camera Obscura » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:11 pm

knives wrote:The Green Ray also is a must see. That said nearly all of his films are worth seeing if you can.
Totally second Green Ray (although it doesn't play at this retrospective, I think). Rewatched it recently and it's one of his best. To pile up on the hyperboles, together with Malle's Le feu follet (no matter how different their approach might be), probably the most shattering and insightful film about depression ever made.
DeParis wrote:For those who live in the DC area, the AFI Silver is currently having a Rohmer retrospective. They're featuring his Six Moral Tales Series and his Comedies and Proverbs Series, from now until the end of June: http://www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplayin ... ohmer.aspx

Any recommendations on which of these films might be the best to start with for someone unfamiliar with Rohmer's work?
Grabbed Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987) out of my R2UK Rohmer Collection and so glad I did. Wonderful little film. And the modernist (and very 80s) setting in Cergy-Pontoise really does add something in the way Rohmer dissects his desolate characters.. Catch this one, you won't regret it.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#146 Post by Michael Kerpan » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:49 pm

Green Ray is being shown under its American (only) title -- Summer. (Also MY top recommendation, btw).

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#147 Post by Ishmael » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:48 am

DeParis wrote:For those who live in the DC area, the AFI Silver is currently having a Rohmer retrospective. They're featuring his Six Moral Tales Series and his Comedies and Proverbs Series, from now until the end of June: http://www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplayin ... ohmer.aspx
In addition, the National Gallery of Art is showing a bunch of his other films. They're just finishing his Tales of Four Seasons this Sunday, but they've still got most of his crack films (i.e., not part of his series) to go. The idea was to do a complete retrospective of Rohmer's films in collaboration with the AFI and La Maison Francaise, but they couldn't get a print of Perceval that looked acceptable, and the rights to his TV work were too difficult to obtain.

Oh, and if you're still looking for recommendations, A Tale of Summer is one of Rohmer's best, and the NGA is showing it this Sunday. Also, films at the NGA are always free, which means there's no excuse not to go.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#148 Post by rumblefish » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:17 am

Good news, the complete works of Rohmer on Blu Ray including English subtitles. 199 Euro.

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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#149 Post by Numero Trois » Mon May 04, 2015 5:26 pm

Nadja à Paris-
Lucy McKeon wrote:Nadja Tesich, the star of Eric Rohmer’s 1964 short film Nadja à Paris, originally wrote this essay in the 1990s, but never published it. In the last three months before she died in February 2014, I helped Nadja revise the piece, recording her thoughts and our discussions.
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Re: Eric Rohmer 1920-2010

#150 Post by bottled spider » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:22 pm

Halfway through reading Nabokov's short story The Assistant Producer this morning I thought "Hey, wait a second, this is..."

Kenny on Triple Agent and The Assistant Producer

(The link to an article about the real events isn't very helpful since it requires a subscription to read it. Here is a wiki article, I don't know of what accuracy).

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