RIP: Eric Rohmer

Film director Eric Rohmer, part of the French New Wave in the 1960s, passed away Monday in Paris at the age of 89.

He might be best known in the US for MA NUIT CHEZ MAUD (MY NIGHT WITH MAUD) which was nominated for a Best Screenplay Academy Award in 1971 or his more recent films CONTE D’HIVER (A WINTER’S TALE) (1993) and CONTE D’AUTOMNE (AUTUMN TALE) (1998). His last picture was 2007′s LES AMOURS D’ASTREE ET DE CELADON (ROMANCE OF ASTREE AND CELADON).

Rohmer was also editor-in-chief of CAHIERS DU CINEMA from 1956 to 1963. He also co-wrote, with Claude Chabrol, the book “Hitchcock, the First Forty-Four Films.”

Rohmer’s pseudonym (his real name was either Maurice Henri Josepher Scherer or Jean-Marie Maurice Scherer) came from an amalgam of director Erich von Stroheim and author Sax Rohmer.

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