Eric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales [1963/72] [Criterion] (DVD)

Eric Rohmer

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Synopsis

6-Disc Set. In French with English subtitles. 

 

The multifaceted, deeply personal dramatic universe of Eric Rohmer has had an effect on cinema unlike any other. One of the founding critics of the history-making Cahiers du cinema, Rohmer began translating his written manifestos to film in the sixties, standing apart from his new-wave contemporaries, like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, with his patented brand of gently existential, hyperarticulate character studies set against vivid seasonal landscapes. This near genre unto itself was established with his audacious and wildly influential series Six Moral Tales. A succession of jousts between fragile men and the women who tempt them, Six Moral Tales unleashed on the film world a new voice, one that was at once sexy, philosophical, modern, daring, non-judgmental, and liberating.

Product Details

  • Starring: Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez, Aurora Cornu, Beatrice Romand, Francoise Verley, Bernard Verley, Zouzou, Malvina Penne, Patrick Bauchau, Barbet Schroeder, Daniel Ceccaldi, Jean-Claude Brialy, Claudine Soubrier, Catherine See, Haydee Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle, Alain Jouffroy, Christian Charriere, Diane Wilkinson, Francoise Fabian, Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Rating: PG
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 08/15/2006
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 342

Special Features

  • “On Pascal” (1965), an episode of the educational TV series En profil dans le texte directed by Rohmer, on the French philosopher Blaise Pascal, the subject of debate in My Night at Maud’s
  • Exclusive new video conversation between Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder
  • Archival interviews with Rohmer; actors Jean-Claude Brialy, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan, and Jean-Louis Trintignant; film critic Jean Douchet; and producer Pierre Cottrell
  • Rohmer Short Films: Presentation / Charlotte and Her Steak (1951), Nadja in Paris (1964), A Modern Coed (1966), The Curve (1999) and Véronique and Her Dunce (1958)
  • Video afterward with filmmaker and writer Neil LaBute
  • PLUS: Six Moral Tales, the original stories by Eric Rohmer, and a booklet featuring Rohmer’s landmark essay “For a Talking Cinema,” excerpts from cinematographer Nestor Almendros’s autobiography, and new essays by Geoff Andrew, Ginette Vincendeau, Phillip Lopate, Kent Jones, Molly Haskell, and Armond White
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