Éric Rohmer

04.04.1920, Nancy, France - 11.01.2010


In the 1950s, Rohmer, a former film critic and historian, together with Claude Chabrol wrote a book about Hitchcock. In 1950, with Truffaut and Godard he founded the short-lived film magazine La Gazette du Cinema and for six years he was the chief editor of Cahiers du Cinema. His films are often parts of cycles: Six contes moraux, Contes des quatre saisons, Comedies et Proverbs. Even though he is older than other representatives of the New wave, his films are often regarded as part of this movement. His film My Night at Maud's (Ma nuit chez Maud) was an international success and was nominated for an Oscar. Besides intellectualism, Rohmer’s films are characterized by a simplicity that sometimes achieves a complete lack of any stylistic means. This simplicity is evident in his work but his films, even though they were often made in a short time and with amateur actors, rarely leave us with any impression other than that he maintained total control over the whole. In some aspects it is not hard to compare his works with those of Bresson, even though their themes may have been utterly different. Rohmer does not use any means of attention grabbing such as violence, surprising camera angles or background music. Even in these decisions it is possible to recognize a mind that intensively thinks about the consequences of the film on viewers; even though such thinking is at the first glance something that should be innate to all directors since Eisenstein’s theory of editing, very few directors have such an approach. Rohmer believes that an artificial intention on screen can be immediately recognized and as such should be avoided. After his first film, The Sign of Leo (Le signe du lion, 1959), Rohmer made his first cycle: Six contes moraux. One of the films from this cycle, My Night at Maud's, is a story about an engineer who spends a night with the beautiful and divorced Maude and instead of adventure chooses a long conversation. The film seduces the viewer with its laid back tone that faithfully depicts the passage of time and points out human flaws in situations when a person has to make a choice. Rohmer’s characters often say one thing and do the opposite. After this first cycle, Rohmer made two more: Comedies et Proverbs and Contes des quatre saisons. E is still an active director known for his uncompromised guarding of his privacy from the media. His other films include Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire, 1970), Love in the Afternoon (L' amour l'aprčs-midi, 1972), The Marquise of O (Die Marquise von O..., 1976), Pauline at the Beach (Pauline ŕ la plage, 1982), Full Moon in Paris (Les nuits de la pleine lune, 1984).


- L'anglaise et le duc (2001)
- Conte d'automne (1998)
- Conte d'été (1996)- Les rendez-vous de Paris (1995)
- L'arbre, le maire et la médiatheque (1993)
- Conte d'hiver (1992)
- Conte de printemps (1990)
- L'ami de mon amie (1987)
- 4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle (1987)
- Le rayon vert (1986)
- Les nuits de la pleine lune (1984)
- Loup y es-tu? (1983)
- Pauline a la plage (1983)
- Le beau mariage (1982)
- La femme de l'aviateur (1980)
- Perceval le Gallois (1978)
- Die Marquise von O (1976)
- L'amour l'apres-midi (1972)
- Le genou de Claire (1970)
- Ma nuit chez Maud (1969)
- Fermiere a Montfauçon (1967)
- La collectionneuse (1967)
- Une étudiante d'aujourd'hui (1966)
- Paris vu par… (1965)- Nadja a Paris (1964)
- La boulangere de Monceau (1963)
- La carriere de Suzanne (1963)
- Le signe du lion (1959)
- Véronique et son cancre (1958)
- La sonate a Kreutzer (1956)
- Bérénice (1954)
- Présentation ou Charlotte et son steak (1951)
- Journal d'un scélérat (1950)

Films by this director

Les nuits de la pleine lune


Directed by: Éric Rohmer

Louise lives in a Paris suburb with her boyfriend, but also keeps an apartment in the city center where she spends a lot of time alone. The two people drift apart, but neither one of them has the courage to admit it – until something happens and forces them to admit the truth.

color, 100 min

Claire's Knee

(Le genou de Claire, 1970)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Néstor Almendros

Jerome is an engaged diplomat who decides to spend his last vacation as a single man in the Alps. There he meets an old acquaintance, Aurora, an Italian writer. In search of inspiration for her new novel, she persuades Jerome to flirt with the daughters of her landlady. At first Jerome flirts with Laura, but soon his attention turns to her half sister Claire. More precisely, her knee becomes his obsession.

35 mm, color, 105 min

My Night with Maud

(Ma nuit chez Maud, 1969)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Néstor Almendros

Jean-Louis is an engineer and devout Catholic who regularly goes to church. There he notices the blond Françoise whom he decides to marry but is afraid to approach. With his friend, Marxist Vidal, he visits Maude, an attractive divorced mother. The three of them spend the night discussing philosophy and faith. Vidal leaves and Jean-Louis remains at Maude’s. The events of rest of the night at Maude’s make Jean-Louis question his principles.

35 mm, b/w, 110 min

A Good Marriage

(Le beau mariage, 1982)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Bernard Lutic

Sabine is an attractive young student of art history having an affair with the married painter Simon. Suddenly, she decides to leave her lover and get married. But, there is a problem; she first has to find a husband. After her married friend Clarisse introduces her to her cousin Edmond, a lawyer from Paris, Sabine will do anything in her power to convince him that she is the perfect wife for him.

35 mm, color, 97 min

Pauline at the Beach

(Pauline ŕ la plage, 1983)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Néstor Almendros

Fifteen year old Pauline goes to Normandy to vacation with her older divorced cousin Marion. Beautiful and successful Marion is still waiting for true love. During the holidays she meets her old acquaintance Pierre, who is still in love with her, and his older friend Henri whom she likes. Meanwhile Pauline is skeptical and awed by grown ups’ games of flirting, love and disappointments…

35 mm, color, 95 min

My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

(L'ami de mon amie, 1987)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Bernard Lutic

Blanche is a young clerk who recently moved to Cergy-Pontoise, a suburb of Paris, because of work. She meets Lea and they become friends. At a local pool they meet Alexandre and his girlfriend Adrienne. Blanche likes Alexandre, but does not succeed in approaching him. During the holidays Lea leaves town and Blanche meets her boyfriend Fabien.

35 mm, color, 102 min

Suzanne's Career

(La carričre de Suzanne, 1963)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel Lacambre

Bertrand has a womanizing friend Guillaume for whom he feels both scorn and awe. Guillaume begins an affair with Suzanne and financially uses her after she agrees to give him some money. Bertrand has mixed feelings about Suzanne and at the same time thinks about another girl.

b/w, 52 min

Charlotte and Her Steak

(Charlotte et son steak, 1951)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer

Charlotte is about to leave town and before catching a train she stops by her apartment to fix something to eat. Walter comes to visit her and does not want her to leave. In a short time, just as long as it takes to prepare a steak, Walter tries to persuade her to stay…

b/w, 12 min

The Baker's Girl of Monceau

(La boulangčre de Monceau, 1962)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Bruno Barbey, Jean-Michel Meurice

A young law student falls in love with a girl he meets on the street every day. After he finally approaches her, she disappears. During his search for her he meets Jacqueline, a seller of rolls and sets up a date with her. Suddenly the first girl reappears…

b/w, 26 min

Nadja in Paris

(Nadja ŕ Paris, 1964)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Néstor Almendros

Nadja is an American of Yugoslav origin studying in Paris. In this short film she walks around Paris and describes her impressions and adventures in the city.

b/w, 13 min

Love in the Afternoon

(L'amour l'après-midi, France, 1972)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Néstor Almendros

Frédéric je čovjek ranih srednjih godina koji uživa u životu. I na privatnom i na poslovnom planu mu sve ide od ruke, u sretnom je trogodišnjem braku s privlačnom Hélène, nastavnicom engleskog jezika s kojom trenutno očekuje drugo dijete, a na poslu je partner u malom odvjetničkom uredu koji vodi s ležernim Gérardom. Iako izuzetno voli svoju ženu, Frédéric i dalje mašta o vatrenim vezama s drugim djevojkama, a u ostvarenju tih ma&sca...

color, 97'

A Winter's Tale

(Conte d'hiver, France, 1992)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer

Tijekom ljetovanja u jednom mjestašcu u Bretanji, mlada Félicie upoznala je naočitog kuhara Charlesa, a unatoč međusobnoj zaljubljenosti i želje da ostanu zajedno, par se nakon jednog nesporazuma razdvojio. Charles se tada namjeravao odseliti u Ameriku, a zbog pogrešno napisane adrese Félicie je izgubila svaki kontakt s njim. Ona je tog ljeta ostala trudna te je, nastanivši se u rodnom Bellevilleu, rodila djevojčicu. Zaposlila se u frizerskom salonu te je, žive...

color, 114'
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