Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons

OCTOBER 14-15, 20-21

Perhaps no other filmmaker has mined the interior moral life with more success — and more wit, irony, and intelligence — than Eric Rohmer (1920-2010). His sublime cinema navigates the gaps that exist between our thoughts, our feelings, and our actions — the differences between what we think and what we feel, between what we say and what we do. It is an intimate, literate, and remarkably nuanced cinema, revealing an artist with the deftness and depth of a great novelist, an artist more than worthy of the impressive literary comparisons (Stendhal, Balzac, Pascal, Jane Austen, Henry James et al.) so often invoked to describe his work.

Between 1990 and 1998, a still-prolific Rohmer demonstrated the vitality of his exquisite, exceedingly-refined talents by producing a quartet of seasonally-set comedies that rivals his finest work — no small feat for a vintage cineaste in his 70s! Entitled Tales of the Four Seasons (Contes des quatre saisons), the cycle finds the inimitable auteur at perhaps his most engaging and exploratory, spinning delicately-crafted tales of chance encounters and romantic roundelays that, unlike some of his earlier offerings, sidestep any clear-cut moral positioning. Elegantly shot in the director’s soft, signature style, with each film attuned to the distinct visual palette of its season, this final thematic series from late Rohmer features enchanting turns by returning actresses Marie Rivière, Béatrice Romand, and Amanda Langlet.

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Rohmer in Retrospect | This exhibition of Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons is part of an ongoing Rohmer retrospective being presented at The Cinematheque in 2017. Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales screened in our March/April program and his Comedies and Proverbs screened in June.


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Recent Showings

Rohmer inaugurated Tales of the Four Seasons with this delightful, elegant comedy of manners set to the music of Beethoven and Schumann.
Rohmer’s late-career triumph is among the writer-director’s most articulate, affecting, and earnest explorations of love and faith.
The third film in Rohmer’s sublime Seasons cycle reunites the veteran auteur with Amanda Langlet, the teen heroine of Pauline at the Beach.
A twilight hit for the French master, this fetching final entry in the Season cycle features Rohmer regulars Béatrice Romand and Marie Rivière.