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What's your favorite film by Eric Rohmer?

The Sign of Leo
0 (0%)
Suzanne's Career
0 (0%)
La collectionneuse
0 (0%)
My Night at Maud's
6 (20.7%)
Claire's Knee
3 (10.3%)
Chloe in the Afternoon
1 (3.4%)
The Marquise of O
0 (0%)
Perceval
1 (3.4%)
The Aviator's Wife
0 (0%)
A Good Marriage
0 (0%)
Pauline at the Beach
0 (0%)
Full Moon in Paris
0 (0%)
The Green Ray (Summer)
3 (10.3%)
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
0 (0%)
Boyfriends and Girlfriends
1 (3.4%)
A Tale of Springtime
0 (0%)
A Tale of Winter
1 (3.4%)
The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque
0 (0%)
Rendezvous in Paris
0 (0%)
A Summer's Tale
4 (13.8%)
Autumn Tale
0 (0%)
The Lady and the Duke
0 (0%)
Triple Agent
0 (0%)
Romance of Astree and Celadon
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
9 (31%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
other
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 28

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Re: Rohmer, Eric - Director's Best
« Reply #60 on: March 29, 2013, 07:22:36 PM »
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Re: Rohmer, Eric - Director's Best
« Reply #61 on: June 01, 2013, 05:10:49 PM »


La Collectionneuse

Quote from: Roger Ebert
Rohmer (1920-2010) was older than his fellow directors in the French New Wave, and it's remarkable that he was already 47 when he made the film that enfolds so much of the indolence and narcissism of youth. The moral tales studied tricky questions of romance, and there was little or no sex in them but much discussion about it. He found actors of undeniable physical appeal, and his camera caressed them as they spoke, and spoke, about the possibility of caressing each other.

"La Collectionneuse," which refers to a female collector (of men, in this case) centers on a young woman named Haydée who finds herself living at the villa with Adrien and Daniel, two friends about ten years older than she is. They watch her being picked up by a series of young guys who drive up to the villa and then speed off to the fashionable beachfront city, bringing her back after dawn. Both men claim they have no desire to sleep with her, and talk themselves into an undeclared contest to see which will be the first to succumb.

For someone aiming to do absolute zero during his summer, Adrien sure does occupy himself with a lot of conversation. When he's not around people, Adrien is giving interior dialogue. His voice and his point of view dominate the film and if you're looking for a warm, likable lead then Rohmer is here to test you. I find Adrien true to someone of his age and ambition, and the truth is when you try to do nothing, the brain will always come up with some kind of intrigue. Here, that intrigue is Haydée.

Haydée sleeps around for reasons we never fully understand because A) Haydée herself doesn't have a concrete answer, nor does she feel obliged to give one B) Adrien really doesn't care. He just likes to refer to Haydée as loose and easy and along with Daniel talk about how they have no interest in a woman like that, although it's obvious from the moment the camera gives her the Megan Fox treatment while she walks along the beach in a bikini, that both men are completely in lust.

I really liked the game theory of the situation. How do you sleep with someone while at the same time acting like you don't want to sleep with them? Haydée truly doesn't care and can find guys everywhere. She's exploring her freedom and the camera loves to objectify her. (While there's no nudity, a couple of shots are so lingering on the water adjusting her bikini it has the effect of full frontal.) Daniel has excellent self-loathing no-game game, along with a real shallow mean streak when more distance is required.

Adrian the talker, comes off as the idiot of the bunch. He convinces himself that she wants him and how he'll lower himself to be with her, yet he keeps making aggressive moves that she rejects. The narcissism is off the charts, but I also see sadness in it. I wish he grew up a little during the film, but I don't feel like he ever escapes his mental injections of false confidence. So this is an interesting film, an uncompromisingly shallow film, that's still good to talk about but would've been far more successful if the characters felt like they went through something by the end. All I got was how love games are played when you have the profile of an eagle, and feathers in your head.
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Re: Rohmer, Eric - Director's Best
« Reply #62 on: June 10, 2013, 04:07:15 PM »
Updated.


Pauline at the Beach (A)
The Bakery Girl of Monceau (A-)
The Aviator's Wife (A-)
Claire's Knee (A-)
La Collectioneuse (B+)
My Night at Maud's (B)
Triple Agent (D+)

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Re: Rohmer, Eric - Director's Best
« Reply #63 on: November 04, 2014, 03:33:56 PM »
1. The Aviator's Wife (1981)
2. My Night at Maud's (1969)
3. Claire's Knee (1970)
4. Pauline at the Beach (1983)
5. A Good Marriage (1982)
6. Love in the Afternoon (1972)
7. La Collectioneuse (1967)
8. The Green Ray (1986)
9. Suzanne's Career (1963)

The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963)
Full Moon in Paris (1984)

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Re: Rohmer, Eric - Director's Best
« Reply #64 on: November 04, 2014, 07:31:34 PM »
Pauline at the Beach (A+)
The Bakery Girl of Monceau (A)
The Aviator's Wife (A)
Claire's Knee (A-)
La Collectioneuse (B)
My Night at Maud's (B)
Suzanne's Career (B)
Presentation or Charlotte and Her Steak (C+)
Triple Agent (D+)

I've gone far too long without having seen another Rohmer film. LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON soon. Still kicking myself for missing out the restoration of A SUMMER'S TALE.

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Re: Rohmer, Eric - Director's Best
« Reply #65 on: November 05, 2014, 01:49:28 AM »
I revisited most of his films on Blu last month, resulting in some reshuffling.

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Re: Rohmer, Eric
« Reply #66 on: August 29, 2015, 04:41:09 AM »
Ma Nuit Chez Maud
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Re: Rohmer, Eric
« Reply #67 on: September 08, 2015, 05:09:44 AM »
A lot of love in this thread has me intrigued. At this stage I just have:

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Re: Rohmer, Eric
« Reply #68 on: September 08, 2015, 10:48:24 AM »
Nice.  8)

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Re: Rohmer, Eric
« Reply #69 on: September 30, 2015, 09:00:31 AM »
Le Rayon Vert – Eric Rohmer (1986)

The advent of the Parisian Summer greets us with those perennial Parisian holiday issues – to the mountains or the beach? Or another country? Perhaps Ireland. Delphine was going to Greece but when her friend bails on her, she must find alternative plans.

Delphine is insufferable. She has been alone for two years since breaking up with her boyfriend and it is taking a toll. Inertia reigns and insecurities are allowed to prosper. Anyway, without any desire, yet with no excuse, she agrees to go to Cherbourg with a group of couples. The fit predictably doesn’t work, an unease amplified by her haranguing the table about eating meat during lunch.

Next stop is her ex’s vacant place in the mountains but that only lasts a couple of hours before she returns to Paris. This is followed by a sortie to Biarritz where the balance suits Delphine better and Rohmer considers her more empathetically. Moments of levity come at the right times, because she isn’t doing anything and we can only have that for so long. However, ultimately, it ends poorly.

Is she being serious when she says she has nothing to offer? Or is it her typical self-deprecating humour? Ironically, if she is being sarcastic it is that very humour that is her most redeeming quality - certainly in a social sense. The truth is that while she may listen, she doesn’t hear a thing.

Le Rayon Vert tests the boundary of creating a character so repulsive that you don’t care about the story. Fortunately, it wins: this is a great story. It really understands loneliness, and it is particularly shrewd regarding identity. There are square pegs and round holes but if the green ray of a setting sun can diffract around a globe, then we might just be OK.

7.5/10



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Le Rayon Vert (The Green Ray/Summer)
My Night at Maud's
A Summer's Tale
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