Eric Rohmer

Éric Rohmer
Maurice Henri Joseph Schérer or Jean Marie Maurice Schérer
Birthday
BirthplaceTulle, Corrèze, France
Died
Occupation
Film Director, Journalist, Teacher

Rohmer, Eric,

1920–2010, French film director and writer, b. Jean-Marie Maurice Schérer. He was a founder (1950) of La Gazette du cinéma, cowrote (1957) a study of Alfred HitchcockHitchcock, Sir Alfred,
1899–1980, English-American film director, writer, and producer, b. London. Hitchcock began his career as a director in 1925 and became prominent with The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938).
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, and edited (1957–63) the influential journal Cahiers du cinéma. One of the founders of France's cinematic New Wave, he made short films in the 1950s before directing his first feature, The Sign of Leo (1959), in which he initiated his typically calm and intellectual style, emphasizing the flow of conversation and ideas and portraying little physical action. In 1962 he began a cycle of "Six Moral Tales," which explore relationships between men and women, achieving popular and critical success with My Night at Maud's (1969), Claire's Knee (1970), and Chloe in the Afternoon (1972). After two stylized period dramas, The Marquise of O (1976) and Perceval (1978), he began another contemporary cycle, "Comedies and Proverbs," highlighted by the acclaimed Pauline at the Beach (1983) and Summer (1986). Rohmer's later films include his "Four Seasons" quartet (1990–98), the historical The Lady and the Duke (2001), and his final work, Romance of Astrée and Céladon (2007).

Bibliography

See study by C. G. Crisp (1988).

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The only successful use of the Passion in cinema that I know is a sequence near the end of Eric Rohmer's "Perceval," after the central character, who has been presented as a well-intentioned fool, is told by a friar-confessor that his mother has died.
Bernard Verley and Francoise Verley play a husband and wife whose marriage is threatened by a seductress in Eric Rohmer's 1972 drama.
Hong Kong immigrant Mary Stephen returned to Canada from France (where she now edits Eric Rohmer's movies) to deliver a Q&A and host two of her pictures; the drama, Ombres de Soie, and the profile documentary, Vision from the Edge: Breytenbach Painting the Lines.
The Lady and the Duke Cert PG, 125 mins subtitled You remember those school programmes where characters act superimposed against a backdrop, well, shot on digital video, 80year-old Eric Rohmer's latest is a sort of pretentious art house version of the same idea.
The 19-year-old former model is busier than ever: In 2013, she starred in four films and a TV miniseries, including Koji Fukada's paen to Eric Rohmer, summer-at-the-beach drama "Hotori no sakuko"; and Sono's new action comedy "Why Don't You Play in Hell." This year, she stars in two more pics, with Tetsuya Nakashima's "The World of Kanako," being sold by Gaga and Wild Bunch.
(Is it an intended or inadvertent joke that this pale wraith with the unlikely name of Inspector Damroder resembles the late Eric Rohmer?) As in Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman (1975), the gradual dissolution of pattern--for instance, the excision of the expected establishing shot on the ninth day--portends a violent unraveling.
Film-lovers know enough by now to see anything Eric Rohmer directs, and at 82 he's still eager to try something new.
I Confess is, as Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol so neatly describe it in their Hitchcock: The First Forty-four Films (1979), "the story of a priest [Montgomery Clift] who is prisoner to the secret of the confessional." While the relationship between the presumably expiative act of confession and the extra-confessional effects of this weighty exchange between confessor and confessee does not inevitably set up any simplistic dualism between those two protagonists, it does announce polarity.