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Also Known As: Maurice Henri Joseph Schrer, Gilbert Cordier, Jean-Marie Maurice Scherer Died: January 11, 2010
Born: April 4, 1920 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: director, screenwriter, author, print editor

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Along with Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette and Claude Chabrol, director Eric Rohmer was one of the members of the influential French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Though not nearly as internationally known as Godard or Truffaut, Rohmer was nonetheless considered to be the master of the movement by his contemporaries, despite being more aesthetically conservative than the others. Rohmer had his start working as an editor and critic for the international film magazine Cahiers du Cinema before embarking on his directing career. Despite a slow start marred with financial difficulties and lack of interest from his fellow countrymen, Rohmer finally emerged onto the stage with his first of three film cycles, "Six Moral Tales," which established his talky, philosophical style that either intrigued or frustrated audiences. But by the time the six tales were completed, Rohmer had established himself as an exceptional examiner of human frailty uncomplicated by the trappings of genre expectations or plot devices. Rohmer followed with two other film cycles, "Comedies and Proverbs" and "Tales of the Four Seasons," which only enhanced his standing in filmmaking circles as one of...

Along with Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette and Claude Chabrol, director Eric Rohmer was one of the members of the influential French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Though not nearly as internationally known as Godard or Truffaut, Rohmer was nonetheless considered to be the master of the movement by his contemporaries, despite being more aesthetically conservative than the others. Rohmer had his start working as an editor and critic for the international film magazine Cahiers du Cinema before embarking on his directing career. Despite a slow start marred with financial difficulties and lack of interest from his fellow countrymen, Rohmer finally emerged onto the stage with his first of three film cycles, "Six Moral Tales," which established his talky, philosophical style that either intrigued or frustrated audiences. But by the time the six tales were completed, Rohmer had established himself as an exceptional examiner of human frailty uncomplicated by the trappings of genre expectations or plot devices. Rohmer followed with two other film cycles, "Comedies and Proverbs" and "Tales of the Four Seasons," which only enhanced his standing in filmmaking circles as one of the true auteurs of international cinema.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Triple Agent (2004) Director
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  Lady and the Duke, The (2001) Director
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  Autumn Tale (1998) Director
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  Summer's Tale, A (1996) Director
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  Rendezvous in Paris (1995) Director
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  Tale of Winter, A (1992) Director
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  Tale of Springtime, A (1990) Director
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 Out 1: Spectre (1974) Balzac Specialist
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 Out 1: Noli Me Tangere (1971) Balzac Specialist
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Began career as teacher in Clermont-Ferrand
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Moved to Paris, worked as freelance journalist
1946:
Published novel under pseudonym Gilbert Cordier
1948:
Began writing film criticism
1951:
Joined staff of <i>Cahiers du Cinema</i>
1956:
Promoted to editor of <i>Cahiers du Cinema</i>
1950:
Made first short film, "Journal d'un scelerat" (16 mm)
1951:
Made first 35 mm film, "Presentation", starring Jean-Luc Godard (12 min.)
1952:
Began work on uncompleted feature, "Les Petites Filles Modeles"
1959:
First feature released, "Sign of Leo"
1962:
Began series of "Six Moral Tales," the first was "La boulangère de Monceau" and the second, "La Carrière de Suzanne"
1969:
Earned international recognition for the third film in the "Moral Tales" series, "Ma nuit chez Maud"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
1976:
Filmed the period film, "La Marquise d'O," from the novella by Heinrich von Kleist
1978:
Helmed the film, "Perceval le Gallois," based on a 12th century manuscript by Chrétien de Troyes
1980:
Began series of "Comedies and Proverbs" with "The Aviator's Wife"
1986:
Earned critical praise for the fifth film in the "Comedies and Proverbs" series, "Le Rayon vert"
1990:
Began third series of "Tales of the Four Seasons" with "Conte de printemps"
1998:
Earned international praise for the fourth film in the "Tales of the Four Seasons" series, "Conte d'automne"
2000:
Helmed the controversial, "L'Anglaise et le duc," which gave a negative portrayal of the French Revolution
2004:
Returned to period drama with "Triple Agent"
2007:
Directed final film, "Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon"
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