Like a lot of people that didn’t live in New York, Boston, L.A. or San Francisco growing up, I got to know the work of Eric Rohmer (who died today at 89) later in life. I fell in love with a few of his more popular films first, and then absolutely went head over heels for the Criterion release of his six-film series Six Moral Tales. If you look at a lot of the small indie films I championed during my time at SXSW, it probably doesn’t surprise you that I’m a Rohmer fan. A master of nuanced and intimate romantic stories, Rohmer inspired many filmmakers over the years to bravely tell the kind of love stories that don’t fit into Hollywood narratives. Rohmer has made films that rival Six Moral Tales, but (as I blogged back in August 2006) I believe this collection is the place to start. A few months ago I tweeted a question, asking folks for their favorite non-Moral Tales Rohmer film. There was much love for Autumn Tale, A Summer’s Tale, and A Winter’s Tale. Check out The Auteurs, of course, for more on Rohmer.
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