Cinema: Knight Errant

PERCEVAL

Directed by Eric Rohmer

Adapted from Chrétien de Troyes

There has never been a movie director more doggedly intellectual than Eric Rohmer. When characters get between his sheets, they grapple not with each other but with the conundrums of Pascal or the doctrines of Jansenism; principle and passion clash in all-night discussions. But Rohmer is also one of the wittiest of directors and, defying all the usual rules of film making, he has turned out some of the most delightful movies of the past decade: My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Chloe in the Afternoon and The Marquise of O... In Perceval...

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