July 22, 1999 |
At 79, director Eric Rohmer ("Claire's Knee," "Pauline at the Beach") is one of the grand old men of the French New Wave. That revolutionary group of intellectual and mostly young cinephiles and film critics (Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, et al.) shattered the stale conventions of French filmmaking 40 years ago.
July 18, 1999 |
Eric Rohmer doesn't go to the movies anymore. "When you're young you need to go see a lot of films," says the 79-year-old writer-director. "It helps you to find a style. Now I prefer to go out into the world, to find stories inspired by real life." The prolific, independent-minded auteur has been writing and directing those stories for 40 years, producing dozens of films, including such memorable ones as "Claire's Knee" (1971), "Pauline at the Beach" (1983) and "The Green Ray" (1985).
August 26, 1992 |
'Tale of Springtime" (Laemmle's Sunset 5), the latest film by France's 73-year-old master Eric Rohmer, and the start of his new four-film seasonal cycle, has a spring-like clarity. But it also seethes with that slightly desperate, boiling unease that can come after the vernal equinox. There's nothing sluggish or sultry about Rohmer's springtime. Outside, the air of Paris or Fountainebleau is crisp and achingly clear.
July 3, 2009 |
There is a street in the Pointe Courte neighborhood of Sete, a seaside village in Southern France, that is named for Agnes Varda, the French filmmaker who lived there in the '40s with her mother, brothers and sisters in a sailboat anchored to the quay while her father was off at war. It looks like an ordinary street, and in truth it is. And yet it isn't.
September 10, 1986 |
"Summer," a film by French director Eric Rohmer about a young woman's isolation, won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival today. Rohmer, 66, is one of the founders of France's New Wave cinema and best known for "My Night at Maude's" and "Claire's Knee."
September 25, 1992 |
Golden West College's fall film series: Tonight: "La Femme Infidele" (1969), directed by Claude Chabrol. Oct. 2: "Pauline at the Beach" (1983), directed by Eric Rohmer. Oct. 9: "That Man from Rio" (1964), directed by Philippe De Broca. Oct. 16: "Summer" (1986), directed by Eric Rohmer. All screenings will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum II theater on the campus, 15744 Golden West St., Huntington Beach. Tickets: $3 and $3.50. Information: (714) 891-3991.
May 12, 2004 |
Wanting to know what the mostly Asian American class considered desirable, professor Darrell Hamamoto asked: What posters are on your bedroom walls? After an uncomfortable silence, Hamamoto got the names he expected -- celebrities such as Brad Pitt. There wasn't an Asian among them, which reinforced what he has long believed: that cliches and stereotypes about Asian men have rendered them sexual afterthoughts.
August 30, 1996 |
At 76, France's Eric Rohmer is one of the world's oldest active film directors but remains one of the youngest in spirit. There could be no better proof of this than his beguiling, souffle-light "Rendezvous in Paris." At once fresh and timeless, as romantic as its title yet tempered by Gallic irony, this exquisite trifle takes a bemused look at the roles fate and coincidence play in the affairs of the heart.
July 23, 1999 |
Though you wouldn't know it from Hollywood's kids 'r us obsessions, directors actually can improve as they advance in age. The droll and delicious "Autumn Tale" is the 22nd feature in 79-year-old writer-director Eric Rohmer's four-decade career, and besides being one of his wisest and most enjoyable films, it also has the light-fingered vigor and panache more chronologically youthful directors are not always able to muster.