I have finally finished every feature film of Eric Rohmer. Some of his characters I had the privilege to see age over the course of 30 years or so. Some of them I fell in love with. Have you been smitten by any of his representatives of beauty?
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I’m very taken with Emmanuelle Chaulet as Blanche in My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Marie Riviere as Delphine in The Green Ray and Amanda Langlet as Margot in A Summer’s Tale. What likeable protagonists Rohmer comes up with, and superb casting for their right men in My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and The Green Ray. As a young man i could have happily settled down with any of those 3. Of course Francoise Fabian in My Night with Maud is beautiful too…and Haydée Politoff in La Collectionneuse.. and others
Marie Riviere as Delphine in The Green Ray
That drama queen? :)
^^Kate Bush was in a Rohmer film?
Currently, I’d have to go with Haydée Politoff. That may one day change.
Michele Girardon in The Baker Girl of Monceau…
! beatrice romand
Ye don’t need the !, liam.
Delphine is a romantic idealist in search of the right man, no drama queen, not neurotic, just a bit too sensitive till her dreams are fulfilled. She may not be able to express very clearly why she’s a vegetarian in carnivorous France but her heart is good. And isn’t that ray special!? But anyway i would have hit it off fine with Blanche. Of course now i’m old and different and past it but i see them from my younger self’s viewpoint
I like ’em young. Polanski style.
I’ve only seen Summer’s Tale and Claire’s Knees (and @Kenji, I too love Margot). Rohmer made the girls in his films (from the ones that I’ve seen) as sensible-matured type while the men are somewhat lacking in integrity and very fickle minded..
..but I do love Melvil as Gaspard, he’s stupidly cute!
See My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and The Green Ray for more likeable men who will suit and do right by Delphine and Blanche
Is it just me or did Eric Rohmer bear a striking resemblance to Henry Kane?
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I’d take him. I generally don’t like the men in Rohmer’s films but Charles’ charm works in a totally mystified level and needless to say, I’m just deeply into that kind of men, myterious and idealized. :)
From Rendezvous a Paris, the second of the four episodes, I want her for myself, forever.
This is a valuable topic, maybe forum thread of the season?
Either Maud or a slightly more stable version of Chloe.
Loic in A Tale of Winter. (The one who’s dumped by the main character.)
Aurora Cornu in Claire’s Knee.
I have to see more Rohmer. Back in the late nineties or perhaps early noughties they did a Rohmer season at the BFI in southbank, London. At the time I was a member so I randomly went to see the Green Ray to check it out but didnt get it at all. I would have been around 20, and was more into very obviously dramatic stuff like Pasolini and Antonioni, or Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain, I was basically into quite psychedelic fantasy art films, so obviously Rohmer didnt do it for me at the time.
However, recently I bought his Arrow boxset which has about 8 of his most well known films, its got alot of the ‘comedies and proverbs’ films and also The Green Ray, My Girlfriends Boyfriend, Love in the Afternoon etc, and Ive been completely blown away.
Its a lovely feeling when you realise you actually love a filmmaker that you thought you hated. Also happened to me with Godard.
Is The Romance of Astrea and Celadon any good? What other films should I check out of his? Thanks. Im a bit drunk :)
To answer the point of this thread, I think many of his characters are particularly attractive. I dont know if I could choose one. I just want to live in an Eric Rohmer film, really.
HOLY SHIT ARE YOU SERIOUS????????????? REINETTE FROM 4 ADVENTURES!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Mirabelle- from ‘Four Adventures…’
All the random girls in ‘Chloe…’
Maybe perverse but Helene from Love in the Afternoon. I’d like to have a couple beers with Reinette and Mirabelle but not sure if it would last longer than that.
I had a very similar experience with not being really into Rohmer and then the style just clicking. Astrea and Celadon is great, but very odd; if you want to sample Rohmer’s late style I’d say try Triple Agent first, if you want to check out his insane period films start with Perceval le Gallois, I would say…
And the two most underrated Rohmers in my mind are Reinette and Mirabelle and the great The Tree the Mayor and the Mediatheque.
mirabelle, nightshift? MIRABELLE????????????????????? WE ARE ENEMIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hourray, Damian, that’s great news on your conversion to Rohmer. I get bemused by the criticism of too much talking, “uncinematic” etc. I suppose it depends what you want from a film. Rather than being bogged down in dialogue, there’s a lightness and sensitivity to his work that i find refreshing as well as rewarding.
Aurora in Claire’s Knee was mentioned above- i like her, we’d get on very well. Brialy’s character is a bit of a smart-arse; we see more than he does. As for Claire, she’s pretty of course. (I was deeply in love with a pretty blonde French girl called Claire!) Béatrice Romand was older at the time than she looked- Claire looked older. I’ve even seen accusations of dirty paedophilia from someone who thought she was 13 or 14.
If I was teleported into a Rohmer film I would be too busy sleeping to have a girlfriend.
BTW, Rohmer could had done the perfect version of Oblomov….
Chloe from Love in the Afternoon
Thank you NRH, your suggestions are most helpful :)
Kenji, yeah I dont really understand if people say his films are un- cinematic, thats nonsense. The ones I’ve seen are all incredibly visually elegant and stylishly shot, in a classical sense. Its not as if he just plonks the camera down haphazardly, or atleast it never seems as if he does. From the few films Ive seen of his, Rohmer seems to really know how to film people conversing, something which is all too rare. Also, the sense of aesthetic in films like My Girlfriends Boyfriend and A Good Marriage is heightened greatly by its very deliberate mise en scene, you always seem to notice what the characters are wearing, or that a certain colour might relate to a character, and I think youre quite obviously meant to.