Eric Rohmer: A Biography

Eric Rohmer: A Biography

By: Antoine de Baecque (author), Noel Herpe (author), Steven Rendall (translator)Paperback

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The director of twenty-five films, including My Night at Maud's (1969), which was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, and the editor in chief of Cahiers du cinema from 1957 to 1963, Eric Rohmer set the terms by which people watched, made, and thought about cinema for decades. Such brilliance does not develop in a vacuum, and Rohmer cultivated a fascinating network of friends, colleagues, and industry contacts that kept his outlook sharp and propelled his work forward. Despite his privacy, he cared deeply about politics, religion, culture, and fostering a public appreciation of the medium he loved. This exhaustive biography uses personal archives and interviews to enrich our knowledge of Rohmer's public achievements and lesser known interests and relations. The filmmaker kept in close communication with his contemporaries and competitors: Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, and Jacques Rivette. He held a paradoxical fascination with royalist politics, the fate of the environment, Catholicism, classical music, and the French nightclub scene, and his films were regularly featured at New York and Los Angeles film festivals. Despite an austere approach to life, Rohmer had a voracious appetite for art, culture, and intellectual debate captured vividly in this definitive volume.

About Author

Antoine de Baecque is a professor of the history of cinema at the University of Nanterre. He has published biographies of Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard and was editor in chief of Cahiers du cinema. Noel Herpe is a senior lecturer at the Universite de Paris VIII. He has published works on Rene Clair and Sacha Guitry, as well as a book of interviews with Eric Rohmer about his text Le Celluloid et le Marbre.


The Mysteries of "le grand Momo" 1. Maurice Scherer's Youth: 1920-1945 2. From Scherer to Rohmer: 1945-1957 3. Under the Sign of Leo: 1959-1962 4. Under the Sign of Cahiers: 1957-1963 5. The Laboratory Period: 1963-1970 6. Four Moral Tales: 1966-1972 7. On Germany and the Pleasure of Teaching: 1969-1994 8. In Pursuit of Perceval: 1978-1979 9. Six Comedies and Proverbs: 1980-1986 10. The Rohmer of the Cities and the Rohmer of the Countryside: 1973-1995 11. In the Rhythm of the Seasons: 1989-1998 12. Filming History: 1998-2004 13. A Tale of Winter: 2006-2007 14. In Pain: 2001-2010 Notes Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780231175593
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 608
  • ID: 9780231175593
  • ISBN10: 0231175590
  • translations: French
  • language of text: English

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