80 Great Directors: Eric Rohmer

“What I would most like to do is to make movies with a completely invisible camera.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Tale of Winter.

What Did I Watch: The Green Ray.

Where Does He Fit: The Green Ray cuts to the very core of what romance is all about. It’s all tiring nonsense about playing nice. Marie Riviere, giving a truly remarkable performance, is a deeply frustrating person who is also so depressed that it’s hard to watch her just break into fits of tears when people give her advice that ranges from well meaning to harsh and everything in between. How anyone can say Rohmer isn’t cinematic when the ending of this made me gasp? It’s such a cruel criticism for a man who brought us this genuinely cinematic set of performances and edits. A miracle.


Most Valuable Asset: Chat.
Most Excited For: My Night at Maud’s.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Loopy Nicolas Roeg.


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