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Eric Rohmer

Ten classics from cinema’s master of humanity and compassion.

Like his nouvelle vague colleagues (especially Godard), Rohmer – born Maurice Schérer – had a personal mission. For him, film was the ideal art form for engaging with reality, particularly the inner world of feelings and thoughts. Subtly counterpointing words, gestures, glances and actions, his witty, affecting tales of intelligent, articulate, recognisably ‘ordinary’ people trying to fathom what kind of life and lover they’d like are psychologically astute and profoundly compassionate.

Co-author of a study of Hitchcock, he was adept at suspense; well-versed in the arts, he made his stories of longing and seduction resonate in all sorts of ways. Throughout, Rohmer achieved a rare consistency of subject, tone and quality; like Godard or Ozu, he effectively invented his own genre.

Early in his career, he formed his own company to retain control over his work; working to a low budget, shooting on location with a tiny crew, he composed endlessly inventive variations on a range of themes. His warm, respectful interest in his characters, notwithstanding their flaws, means that his films are a celebration of life in all its mysterious, sensuous, sometimes absurd glory.

This collection includes Rohmer's entire, six-film Comedies and Proverbs series, his mid-career meditation on the dilemmas faced by the young, as well as another four fabulous works from France's master of humanistic, compassionate cinema.

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The Green Ray
The Green Ray
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The Green Ray

Drama198699 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer's masterpiece about a woman chasing romance and adventure during a long, hot summer.

The Aviator's Wife
The Aviator's Wife
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The Aviator's Wife

Drama1980106 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

A bittersweet fable about a young man's jealous pursuits; the first film in Eric Rohmer's six-film series, Comedies and Proverbs.

A Good Marriage
A Good Marriage
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A Good Marriage

Comedy1981100 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer's pleasingly precise portrait of obstinately perverse longing, with Béatrice Romand as the student determined to marry a uninterested lawyer.

Pauline at the Beach
Pauline at the Beach
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Pauline at the Beach

Comedy198295 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer's final collaboration with the great cinematographer Nestor Almendros follows a holidaying teenager as she begins to navigate the adult world.

Full Moon in Paris
Full Moon in Paris
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Full Moon in Paris

Drama1984102 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

The fourth film of Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs series is a cool, ironic yet compassionate cautionary tale of need, greed, deceit and self-delusion.

My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
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My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

Romance1987104 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer's story of a woman's guilt-ridden relationship with her friend's lover is the concluding part to his six-film Comedies and Proverbs series.

Perceval
Perceval
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Perceval

Drama1978140 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Rohmer's extraordinary adaptation of Chrétien de Troyes' 12th-century poem charts the sentimental education of a selfish naïve young knight (Fabrice Luchini) in chivalry, courtship, courage and faith.

The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque
The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque
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The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque

Drama1993111 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer's needle-sharp satire of a mayor whose plans to build a provincial arts centre are scuppered by a local teacher.

Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
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Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle

Comedy198699 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer's delightful, episodic account of the blossoming friendship between a gauche, highly opinionated country girl and a more laid-back Parisian student.

The Marquise of O...
The Marquise of O...
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The Marquise of O...

Period drama1976103 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer's first feature-length film after a four-year break from filmmaking is a German-language adaptation of Henrich von Kleist's classic novel, following the titular Marquise as she deals with an unwanted pregnancy.