One of the founders of the influential French New Wave Movement, Eric Rohmer, died today. A French critic and filmmaker, Eric Rohmer directed more than 50 films including Oscar nominated “My Night at Maud’s,” which screened last eyar in our 69 series.
From the BBC: “Arthouse French film-maker Eric Rohmer has died at the age of 89, his producer has told the AFP news agency. He was the director of the critically acclaimed ‘Tales of Four Seasons’ and one of the key figures of the post-war New Wave cinema movement. Rohmer, born Maurice Scherer, made 24 films over a period of 50 years. His main works include the cycle of films ‘Six Moral Tales.’ The third, ‘My Night at Maud’s,’ shot in 1969, brought him international recognition. His films are well-known for being almost completely devoid of action, featuring lengthy conversations between the usually young, middle-class protagonists. Born in 1920, he was formerly a literature professor, and literary works heavily influenced his film-making. After the release of his last film, ‘The Romance of Astrea and Celadon,’ at the Venice film festival in 2007, he said he was considering retirement.”