As part of the 20th Anniversary series hosted by the Austin Film Society, Eric Rohmer’s acclaimed film, Summer, will screen on Wednesday, July 26, at the Alamo Drafthouse. The whole point of the 20th Anniversary AFS series is to help showcase some of the classics that are the essence of AFS international programming. Rohmer’s films are among the best examples, for many reasons. Primarily, because you rarely see them in a theater these days. But, in addition, it’s been heavily noted that Rohmer’s work was a major influence on filmmaker (and AFS founder) Richard Linklater. Get more information about the screening and series, right here. And try to check out this, and more of Rohmer’s work, as he’s filmmaker deserving of much more attention.
I had no idea until tonight, while browsing the Criterion Collection Web site, that an Eric Rohmer box set is to be released next month. What a damn coincidence. Check out the details here, for a box set that will include six of Rohmer’s films (Summer will not be one of them). Plus, I forgot to mention that Rohmer’s influence is not only felt in Linklater’s work, but also a new generation of feature filmmakers that include Andrew Bujalski, Joe Swanberg, and more. Bujalski even riffed in an indieWIRE interview that he felt a movement called “mumblecore” was brewing during SXSW 2005, when he premiered Mutual Appreciation. And then, while speaking about Mutual Appreciation at SXSW, to the Dallas Morning News, Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles described it as a “slacker version of an Eric Rohmer film.” What a coincidence.