Eric Rohmer

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Born in 1920 in Tulle, France, Rohmer began his career with two shorts, Journal d’un Scelerat (1950) and Berenice (1954) before his first feature La Sonate a Kreutzer.  

Two short films followed, Veronica and Her Dunce (1958) and Presentation, or Charlotte And Her Steak (1960) before his breakthrough New Wave film, Le Signe Du Lion (1962).  The first of his Moral Fables was the short film The Bakery Girl Of Monceau (1963, available in the Criterion Box Set) before the second won Suzanne’s Careercame out in 1963.

The TV movie Les Cabinets de physique au XVIIIeme siecle, the TV documentaries En Profil dans la texte, Changing Landscapes and the short film Nadja In Paris were all released in 1964.

1965 was also a prolific year:  the TV documentaries Don Quichotte, Les histoires extraordinaires d’Edgar Poe, and Les caracteres de la Bruyere, two shorts made for TV Perceval ou Le Conte du Graal and Entretien sur Pascal, plus a chapter in the omnibus film Six In Paris.

La Collectionneuse

La Collectionneuse

The TV documentary Victor Hugo: Les Contemplations (Livres V et VI) and the short Une etudiante d’aujourd’ui were released in 1966, followed by the third Moral tale La Collectionneuse and the short made for TV Fermiere a Montfaucon.

Two more TV documentaries in 1968:  Mallarme and Louis Lumiere.  1969 saw a huge breakthrough with his first film to gain a major arthouse following and earn an Oscar nomination, My Night At Maud’s, the fourth of the Moral Tales, which was up for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Screenplay.  That same year he also made the short documentaries Victor Hugo Architecte and La beton dans la ville for TV.

Jean-Claude Brialy in Claire's Knee

Jean-Claude Brialy in Claire’s Knee

Another moral tale, Claire’s Kneecame in 1970, followed by the sixth and last, Love In The Afternoon, also known as Chloe In The Afternoon in 1972, which along with Maud is my favourite.

In 1975 he made the TV Documentary Enfance d’une Ville before The Marquise of O came out in 1976, which earned a British Academy Award for Best Costume Design.  His next film, Perceval, came in 1978 before the TV movie Catherine de Heilbronn in 1980.

The Aviator’s Wife was released in 1981, followed by A Good Marriage in 1982, then Pauline At the Beach saw a resurgence in popularity for Rohmer in 1983.

Marie Riviere in The Green Ray

Marie Riviere in The Green Ray

Full Moon In Paris in 1984 was then followed by Summer (The Green Ray)which won the top prize at the 1986 Venice Film Festival.  That same year he also made the short film Bois Ton Cafe.

1987 was marked by two feature films, Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle and Boyfriends and Girlfriends.  The TV Movie Les Jeux de Societe came out in 1989.

The tales of the four seasons came along with the Tale Of Springtime in 1990, followed by A Tale of Winter in 1992.

The Tree, The Mayor and the Mediatheque was released in 1993, followed by Rendezvous In Paris in 1995.

The tales of the season were closed out by A Summer’s Tale in 1996 and Autumn Tale in 1998.

Lucy Russel in The Lady And the Duke

Lucy Russel in The Lady And the Duke

Another rare foray into period movies came about with The Lady And The Duke in 2001, which also saw a use of digital imagery that Rohmer had never indulged in before.  Triple Agent was released in 2004 as well as a short film, Le Canape Rouge, in 2005.

His final film, The Romance of Astrea and Celadoncame out in 2007.

Rohmer died in Paris in 2010.

The Romance of Astrea and Celadon

The Romance of Astrea and Celadon