Eric Rohmer: 1920-2010

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Eric Rohmer, a uniquely classical writer and filmmaker long associated with the French New Wave, died earlier today in Paris.

Although he was tied the movement in its early days, Rohmer, who was 89, most famously spent the early years of the “Nouvelle Vague” as the editor of Cahiers du Cinema, where colleagues like François Truffaut wrote influential early criticism that turned into some of the most intensely admired filmmaking careers the medium has known.

Rohmer had directed his own movies since 1952, but his work did not garner the international attention his colleagues enjoyed until the 1960s. His “Six Moral Tales” are the movies that most established him as the seminal figure who remains a fixture of film-school classrooms and his storied heyday.

Head here for an encyclopedic rundown of Rohmer’s work.

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