Eric Rohmer passed away today, and I miss him already. I started making movies because of the French New Wave. And I continue, to this day, to derive inspiration from the passion and intelligence of this group of filmmakers.
Each filmmaker had their own particular style. Rohmer was the oldest and acted as the most responsible of all. He had a very controlled system of working. He kept his budgets in line with the size of his audiences. And, as a result, he was able to make movies, so it seemed, whenever he wanted.
Never seen one of his films? I'd probably start you with Summer (1986) or My Night at Maud's (1969). Rohmer's films are dialogue-heavy, sophisticated, sensual (in a restrained kinda way), and powerfully observant about the way we act and the way we are.
The history of cinema has lost one of its truly great practitioners today. But he also lived until he was 89 and made films until he was 87. Monsieur Rohmer, really, we should celebrate. The cinema has been lucky to have you.
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