Magazine February 8, 2010, Issue

Depth of Vision

From a promotional poster for Full Moon in Paris (Les Films du Losange)

‘I  saw a Rohmer film once,” Gene Hackman’s character in Night Moves famously de­clared. “It was kind of like watching paint dry.”

Those two lines, in a movie directed by the acclaimed Arthur Penn, might have dissuaded an entire generation of film fans from investigating the work of Eric Roh­mer. It’s too bad. When Rohmer died on January 11 in Paris, at age 89, the world lost the man who might have been its greatest living director.

In many ways, he was a stereotypically French filmmaker: His elegant films are filled with wine drinking and cigarette smoking in moody cafés and cramped

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