Éric Rohmer: A Biography by Antoine de BaecqueÉric Rohmer: A Biography by Antoine de Baecque

Éric Rohmer: A Biography

byAntoine de Baecque, Noël HerpeTranslated bySteven Rendall

Hardcover | June 14, 2016

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The director of twenty-five films, including My Night at Maud's (1969), which was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, and the editor in chief of Cahiers du cinéma from 1957 to 1963, Éric Rohmer set the terms by which people watched, made, and thought about cinema for decades. Such brilliance does not develop in a vacuum, and Rohmer cultivated a fascinating network of friends, colleagues, and industry contacts that kept his outlook sharp and propelled his work forward. Despite his privacy, he cared deeply about politics, religion, culture, and fostering a public appreciation of the medium he loved.

This exhaustive biography uses personal archives and interviews to enrich our knowledge of Rohmer's public achievements and lesser known interests and relations. The filmmaker kept in close communication with his contemporaries and competitors: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, and Jacques Rivette. He held a paradoxical fascination with royalist politics, the fate of the environment, Catholicism, classical music, and the French nightclub scene, and his films were regularly featured at New York and Los Angeles film festivals. Despite an austere approach to life, Rohmer had a voracious appetite for art, culture, and intellectual debate captured vividly in this definitive volume.

Antoine de Baecque is a professor of the history of cinema at the University of Nanterre. He has published biographies of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard and was editor in chief of Cahiers du cinema.Noël Herpe is a senior lecturer at the Université de Paris VIII. He has published works on René Clair and Sacha Guitry, as well as ...
Title:Éric Rohmer: A BiographyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:608 pagesPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231175582

ISBN - 13:9780231175586


Table of Contents

The Mysteries of "le grand Momo"1. Maurice Schérer's Youth: 1920-19452. From Schérer to Rohmer: 1945-19573. Under the Sign of Leo: 1959-19624. Under the Sign of Cahiers: 1957-19635. The Laboratory Period: 1963-19706. Four Moral Tales: 1966-19727. On Germany and the Pleasure of Teaching: 1969-19948. In Pursuit of Perceval: 1978-19799. Six Comedies and Proverbs: 1980-198610. The Rohmer of the Cities and the Rohmer of the Countryside: 1973-199511. In the Rhythm of the Seasons: 1989-199812. Filming History: 1998-200413. A Tale of Winter: 2006-200714. In Pain: 2001-2010NotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

No doubt [de Baecque and Herpe's] enthralling biography will remain the ultimate text on the life and legacy of Eric Rohmer, just like Rohmer will live on as one of the ultimate figures of cinema.