Life as it is...drama, passion, mistakes and perpetual concern about us. Movies for the thinking kind.
Why I Love The Films Of Eric Rohmer, by Rod Lebowski: Beautiful French settings shot with maximum care and minimal fuss. Subtlety. Beautiful French women shot like they just fell from a cloud somewhere. People acting like real people. Subtlety. Romantic plots devoid of forced conflict and/or strained melodrama. Romantic plots where Love Doesn't Conquer All. Also, subtlety.
in my personal opinion the best place to start is 'a beautiful marriage' or 'the green ray', they aren't the most famous or iconic of his films but you'll get a good impression of Rohmer's style and humour. if you like them you can then check out the five moral tales...the classics are 'my night at mauds' and 'claire's knee'. his films really do polarise opinion so I hope you find the experience rewarding
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RIP http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8452993.stm I was lucky enough to speak with one of his producers for The Romance of Astrea and Celadon a few years back at the NYFF. He provided me with plenty of insights into his working methods. His work gave me a particular delight after having admired the work of Whit Stillman in the 90's. It was from perceptive reviews of Stillman's work that introduced me to Rohmer and the likeness of the two in their approach of dialogue moving the plot rather than clumsy exposition. It's quite likely Criterion shall release his other collections, and I look forward to seeing them again.
Just saw THE TREE, THE MAYOR AND THE MEDIATHEQUE. It doesn't have a page on this site, so i'll just say that it's one of the most unique political satires in French cinema and has a cast of wonderful performers and ends with singing. The film is extremely verbose but as Rohmer says above, "I do not say, I show. I show people who move and speak." There's a lot of moving and speaking in this film. And visually the film is exquisitely framed and lit.