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Emmanuelle Riva, who turns 86 next month, is the oldest performer nominated for a best actress Oscar. But mid-afternoon at the Hotel du Louvre, next door to The Louvre in Paris, Riva radiates the energy of someone much younger. It's not that she
In his latest film, Michael Haneke's Amour, the first surprise, in a way, is simply his presence on the screen. He hadn't starred in a movie in this millennium his last major role was in Patrice Chereau's florid pansexual soap opera Those Who Love Me
There is a great deal in French cultural production that is mysterious. Among these imponderables especially for those reared on the isolated fringes of nominally bilingual (functionally English-speaking) countries is La Nouvelle Vague. For those
Yale and Wellesley universities, it is a pedagogical romcom whose secret weapon is a cast so incredibly good-looking that you really, really want to be able to talk to them...I watched much of "French in Action" around the time it first appeared and
As with most things, it's easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to cinema. That can be as true of edgy independent cinema as it is of the mainstream stuff in commercial cinema theaters. So it can be interesting, informative anyway, to revisit some
Among the director's many holiday-set movies, Pauline at the Beach (1983) and A Summer's Tale (1996) explore both the languid pleasures and the romantic anguish of time off during the hottest season. Rohmer's 1986 masterpiece (being re-released with
French filmmaker, Eric Rohmer, who passed away during the first half of the year. He was an important figure in the post-war 'New Wave' cinema and was a former editor of 'Cahiers du Cinema'. Six significant titles from his films were chosen for this.
Publicity image from film company The third of Eric Rohmer's six "moral tales", this is one of the jewels in his vast and brilliant oeuvre. The perfect meeting place for the most characteristic elements of his best work, it revels unapologetically in
As John Ford was to Westerns, so Rohmer was to a genre of his own devisingdroll comedies in which confused young people hack through the thicket of their (sometimes imagined) romantic entanglements, mainly by talking. Just what is "the sign of Rohmer"
My Night with Maud divided audiences on its opening night in 1969. Photograph: British Film Institute One of the key Cahiers du Cinema critics, and co-author (with Claude Chabrol) of the first important book on his fellow Catholic Hitchcock, Eric