French Movie Master Eric Rohmer Dies at 89

Director Eric Rohmer's career examining the finer points of young love began with My Night at Maud's, the 1969 chatfest that swept him into the global spotlight, and ended Jan. 11, with his death in Paris at 89

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French filmmaker Eric Rohmer

When the French talk about love, it's hard to stop them. And no one should try when the French are speaking in one of the dozens of feature films written and directed by Eric Rohmer. The characters in his films were eloquent, addled, obsessively pursuing a line of romantic rhetoric or analyzing the erotic attraction of a teenager's knee. Applying a wry, professorial tone to the book of love, Rohmer beguiled two generations of art-house denizens. His purchase on their finer fancies began with My Night at Maud's, the 1969 chatfest that swept him into the global spotlight, and ended Jan....

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