Monday, January 11, 2010

Long live the king!

I just found out Eric Rohmer is dead, and while not entirely stunned (he was 89), I was definitely saddened by the news. A true king of cinema, he helped foment the French New Wave in the early 60's with his accomplished filmmaking as well as his critical work with Cahier Du Cinema. Because of an emphasis on dialogue, usually focusing on moral or philosophical dilemmas, and realism, he was a clear-cut influence on filmmakers like Hal Hartley, Henry Jaglom, up to the current "mumblecore" generation. I highly recommend seeking out his work, starting with the lavish "Moral Tales" boxset available through the Criterion collection.

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