Maurice Henri Joseph Schérer or Jean Marie Maurice Schérer
Tulle, Corrèze, France
Film Director, Journalist, Teacher
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). .....Click the link for more information., 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).
A Rohmeresque comedy of tangled love lives during an aunt and niece's two weeks in a country hamlet, Koji Fukada's "Au revoir Fete"--the French phrase translating as "Farewell to Summer"--takes its time getting going, but eventually emerges as a pleasant chamber piece whose character embroilments are more wryly amusing than hilarious.
Another standout, "The River and Una," examines the particularities of waxing and waning sexuality with a Rohmeresque eye for obsessive, energy-packed detail (think Claire's Knee): "My sister opened one eye and looked at me.
In a typically Rohmeresque conjunction of opposites, the couple gets to know a pair of Communist sympathizers in the same apartment block--Janine (Amanda Langlet) and her husband, Andre (Emmanuel Salinger)--whose cute young daughter, Dany (Jeanne Rambur), Arsinoe asks to paint.