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La Collectionneuse (1966)

La Collectionneuse

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La Collectionneuse is the third of director Eric Rohmer's "Six contes moraux" (six moral tales), and also the first of the series to attain full feature-length status (each of the first two entries, La Boulangere de Monceau and La Carriere de la Suzanne, ran less than one hour). Patrick Bauchau plays a self-centered young man on summer holiday in the Mediterranean. He finds himself irresistibly attracted to Haydee (Haydee Politoff,) the aloof young woman who shares his St. Tropez villa. Haydee is a sexual libertine, a "collector of men" (hence the film's title), but she appears disinterested in Patrick. For his part, the hero assumes that the girl's promiscuity is deliberately calculated to prompt him to seduce her. Filmed in 1967, La Collectioneuse was released in the US in 1971, by which time the fourth of Rohmer's Six Moral Tales, My Night at Maud's (69), had already debuted in America. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
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Written By: Patrick Bauchau, Haydee Politoff
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On DVD: Apr 25, 2000
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Cast

Eugene Archer
as Sam Hertzberg
Annick Morice
as Carole's Friend
Denis Berry
as Charlie
Donald Cammell
as Boy at St. Tropez
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Wryly and delightfully witty.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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It's as if the film were a kind of living notebook for what Rohmer was to do later, with greater ease and refinement.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Rohmer's impossibly light, graceful way of posing profound moral questions hasn't yet wholly coalesced, though this 1966 film does have his soft, slow rhythm.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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A translucent comedy of procrastination

Full Review… | November 16, 2009
CinePassion

Almendros captures the beauty of Politoff and the scenery with an acute sense of detail.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
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