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Eric Rohmer



The most subtle and traditional of the many luminaries launched to prominence as a member of the French New Wave, Eric Rohmer is also among the movement's most consistent and enduring talents. Basing his work upon antecedents in literature as much as those in the cinema, Rohmer made his name crafting talky, feather-light romantic comedies and chamber dramas distinguished by economical camerawork, a warmly ironic tone, an affection for youth, and a fascination with place and time. His intensely personal private life -- according to legend, not even his own mother knew he was an internationally acclaimed, albeit pseudonymously named, filmmaker -- has stood in direct contrast to the emotional openness of his movies, which, in intimate and illuminating detail, explore the limitless entanglements, disappointments, and possibilities facing contemporary relationships.

Born Jean-Marie Maurice Scherer on December 1, 1920, in Nancy, France, Rohmer later relocated to Paris, where he worked variously as a newspaper reporter and a literature teacher. In 1946, he assumed another pseudonym, Gilbert Cordier, to publish a novel, Elizabeth. At the end of the 1940s, he began moving away from reporting to focus on film criticism, becoming a fixture of Henri Langlois' Cinematheque Francais alongside the likes of fellow movie buffs Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Rivette, and Claude Chabrol. In 1950 -- the year Rohmer completed his first 16 mm short film, Journal d'un scelerat -- he, Godard, and Rivette founded the short-lived Gazette du Cinema, and by the next year he and his cohorts had joined the staff of Andre Bazin's Cahiers du Cinema. After abandoning work on his never-completed feature debut, Les Petites Filles Modeles, in 1956, Rohmer assumed editorial control of the famed publication, a position he held for the next seven years. In 1957, he and Chabrol also collaborated on Hitchcock, an influential study of the film master.

With Godard serving as producer, Rohmer also continued helming short subjects like 1956's La Sonate à Kreutzer. After one more short film, 1958's Veronique et son Cancre, his long-awaited feature-length bow, La Signe du Lion, appeared the following year. Low key and warm, the film set Rohmer squarely apart from his Cahiers associates and their more consciously revolutionary aims. Springing forth from more literary and philosophical conceits, he soon began work on his Six Moral Tales, a sextet of subtle and deeply personal psychological portraits exploring the role of temptation in contemporary relationships. The first in the series, the short La Boulangere de Monceau, appeared in 1962, but after wrapping up 1963's hour-long La Carriere de Suzanne, Rohmer was forced to suspend work on the project in the wake of resigning from his Cahiers post. In 1964, he accepted a position in the French television industry, where over the next several years he directed over a dozen films including profiles of Lumiere and Dreyer for the Filmmakers of our Time series, as well as other documentaries on such diffuse subjects as the Parsifal legend, the Industrial Revolution, and the lives of Paris' female student population.

At the same time, Rohmer also continued his extracurricular film projects. On 1964's short Nadja a Paris, he first teamed with cinematographer Nestor Almendros, who would become the director of photography on much of his greatest work, and a year later he contributed an episode to the New Wave compilation Paris vu Par.... Finally, in 1966, Rohmer completed La Collectioneuse, the third of the Six Moral Tales and the first shot in color. The winner of the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival, the film fully established his graceful, sensual style and ability to employ the natural settings of his work to create an evocative, almost tangible narrative environment. With 1969's Ma Nuit Chez Maud, he achieved his international breakthrough, netting Oscar nominations for Best Foreign

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% A Summer's Tale
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet La sonate à Kreutzer
  • Director
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Les Jeux De Société
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Catherine De Heilbronn
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet Louis Lumière
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Perceval le Gallois
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2011
66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague)
  • Actor
2010
66% Romance of Astrea and Celadon
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2008
18% I Think I Love My Wife
  • Screenwriter
2007
No Score Yet Six Moral Tales By Eric Rohmer
  • Director
2006
93% Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque
  • Actor
2004
78% Triple Agent
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet La Boulangère de Monceau (The Baker of Monceau)(The Girl at the Monceau Bakery)
  • Director
2003
71% The Lady and the Duke
  • Director
2001
94% Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet The Tree, The Mayor, and the Mediatheque (L'arbre, le maire et la médiathèque)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1998
76% Rendezvous in Paris
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1996
91% A Tale of Springtime
  • Director
1992
95% Conte d'hiver (A Tale of Winter)
  • Director
1992
100% Boyfriends and Girlfriends (L'ami de mon amie)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
100% Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
96% Summer (Le rayon vert)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
100% Les Nuits de la pleine lune (Full Moon in Paris)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
100% Pauline At The Beach
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1983
100% A Good Marriage (Le Beau Mariage)
  • Director
1982
100% The Aviator's Wife (La femme de l'aviateur)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1981
100% Perceval
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1978
90% Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O)
  • Screenwriter
1976
90% Chloe in the Afternoon (L'amour l'après-midi)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1972
95% Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire)
  • Director
1971
94% My Night at Maud's (Ma Nuit chez Maud)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1970
90% La Collectionneuse
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Cineastes de notre temps: Carl Th. Dreyer
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet Changing Landscapes (L'ère industrielle: Métamorphoses du paysage)
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Nadja à Paris (Nadja in Paris)
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Suzanne's Career (1963)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet Présentation ou Charlotte et Son Steak (Presentation, or Charlotte and Her Steak)
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les Garçons s'Appellent Patrick (All the Boys Are Called Patrick)
  • Screenwriter
1959
No Score Yet The Sign of Leo (Le Signe du lion)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet Veronica and Her Dunce (Véronique et son cancre)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1958

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