Eric Rohmer: The anatomist of human relationships

33rd Panorama of European Cinema-online edition

will be held from 25/11 to 4/12

through CINESQUARE platform

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A short tribute to Eric Rohmer's work

celebrating the 100th anniversary from his birth.

 

A brief note from the artistic director of the Festival Ninos-Fenek Mikelides:

 

Eric Rohmer: The anatomist of human relationships

 

"Eric Rohmer (1920-2010) has been frequently criticized for making "slow" and "uncinematic" films. But the deeper one explores his work the more he realizes that his films are in fact, exceptional comedies, studies on human relationships, human weaknesses, and lack of communication, painted with tenderness, generosity, and sharpness. His films are also graced with a delicate sense of humor, where the element of dialogue is just as crucial as the image itself.

Rohmer - a great fan of Alfred Hitchcock - wrote the first in-depth study on Alfred Hitchcock's work (with fellow director Claude Chabrol) in 1957 and remains one of the most intellectual directors of the French New Wave. He started his career as a prominent critic in 1950 when he co-founded, together with Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette, the film magazine "La Gazette du Cinéma"; a few years later -from 1957 to 1963- he became editor-in-chief of the highly influential film magazine of the Nouvelle Vague "Les Cahiers du Cinema". He turned to filmmaking, directing, in 1962, his first full-length feature "Le signe du lion".

In the 60s Rohmer directed a series of six "moral tales" ("My Night at Maud's", "The Collector", "Claire's Knee", "Love in the Afternoon" et al), while in the 70s he embarked on a second series of films, the "Comedies and Proverbs" ("The Aviator's Wife", "The Good Marriage", "Pauline at the Beach", "Full Moon in Paris", "The Green Ray", et al). He followed these in the 90s with a third series entitled "Tales of the Four Seasons": "A Tale of Springtime", "A Tale of Winter", "A Summer's Tale", closing this cycle with the exceptional "Autumn Tale". -Ninos-Fenek Mikelides

 

 

The following films will be screened (alphabetically):

 

"Conte d'été" (2006)

"La Marquise d'O" (1976)

"Pauline à la plage" (1996)

 

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