Show Business: The Grand Cartesian

Even Eric Rohmer admits that nothing much happens in an Eric Rohmer film. Characters sit and walk and eat, but mostly they think—and talk, sometimes interminably, about what they are thinking. A good definition, in short, of a kind of anticinema. Yet no movie was more eagerly anticipated at last week's opening of the New York Film Festival than Rohmer's Chloe in the Afternoon; and no director aroused as much interest as the mysterious, almost mythical but undeniably brilliant Rohmer, who flew in from Paris to launch his film with an almost unheard-of...

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