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Palgrave Macmillan

The Films of Eric Rohmer

French New Wave to Old Master

ISBN 9781137010995
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Eric Rohmer was a key figure in French New Wave cinema. His death in 2010 sparked renewed interest in his diverse body of works that span films, criticism, and television work. Contributors to this volume - a mix of well-known and younger scholars of cinema - visit, revisit, complicate, and at times upend accepted readings and interpretations of perennial Rohmerian topics including the important role of language in his films, the influence of the arts, depictions of gender and class, and the roles played by space and place in his films.

Leah Anderst is Assistant Professor of English at Queensborough Community College, CUNY, USA.

Introduction; Leah Anderst
1. Evening with Rohmer; André Aciman
2. Eric Rohmer and the Legacy of Cinematic Realism; Tom Gunning
3. Practicing What He Preaches? Continuities and Discontinuities in Rohmer's Early Film Criticism and his Conte d'automne; T. Jefferson Kline
4. Ma Nuit chez Maud and the Moral Imagination: Rhymes, Symmetries, and Variations on an Ethical Theme; Matthew Thorpe
5. The Fall into Words: From Contes des quatre saisons to L'Anglaise et le duc; Noël Herpe and translated by Timothy E. Wilson
6. Eric Rohmer's Magnetic Fluid; Dudley Andrew
7. Imagination and Grace: Rohmer's Contes des quatre saisons; Keith Tester
8. Auteur Meets Genre: Rohmer and the Rom-Com; Mary Harrod
9. Rohmer/Politics: From Royalism to Ecology; Antoine de Baecque and translated by Nathalie Fouyer
10. On the Class Character of Desire: Romantic Heroics in the Contes moraux; Derek Schilling
11. Rohmer's Realism: Women on the Border of What Is and What Might Be; Aimée Israel-Pelletier
12. The Changing Landscape and Rohmer's Temptation of Architecture; Ivone Margulies
13. Walking in the City: Paris in the Films of Eric Rohmer; Fiona Handyside
14. Rohmer's Poetics of Placelessness; Leah Anderst
15. Eric Rohmer, Historiographer; Jerry W. Carlson
16. Eric Rohmer's Talking Heads: Listening to the Classical Text in La Bruyère; Mark Cohen
17. Triple Agent: Eric Rohmer and the Tumult of the Inter-war Years; Pierre Lethier

André Aciman, CUNY Graduate Center, USA
Dudley Andrew, Yale University, USA
Antoine de Baecque, l'Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre, France
Jerry W. Carlson, City College, CUNY, USA
Mark Cohen, St. Johns University, USA
Nathalie Fouyer, Queen's College, CUNY, USA
Tom Gunning, University of Chicago, USA
Fiona Handyside, University of Exeter, UK
Mary Harrod, King's College London, UK
Noël Herpe, l'Université de Paris 8, France
Aimée Israel-Pelletier, University of Texas at Arlington,USA
T. Jefferson Kline, Boston University, USA
Pierre Lethier, Buckingham University and London Film School, UK
Ivone Margulies, Hunter College, CUNY, USA
Derek Schilling, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Keith Tester, University of Hull, UK
Matthew Thorpe, University of Kent, UK
Timothy E. Wilson, CUNY Graduate Center, USA


"The Films of Eric Rohmer investigates anew the productive relationships between history, philosophy, gender, and genre within Rohmer's long and fascinating career. Furthermore, this important collection offers a wealth of insightful perspectives on the rich and complicated legacies of Rohmer's essays and films and their momentous place within French film culture." - Richard Neupert, author of A History of the French New Wave Cinema
"The book's catholic approach is appropriate to a filmmaker whose own religious persuasions shaped his work and responses to them . . . Anderst's collection offers an elegant range of perspectives from which to view Rohmer's work." - Sight&Sound
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