French director Eric Rohmer was a contemporary of Jean Luc Godard’s and Francois Truffaut’s in the Nouvelle Vague Cinema of the late 1950’s, one of the key movements of post-war European film-making. The New Wave remains still fresh and sometimes shocking even to this day because it shows realism and a genuine concern for authenticity, at a time when the offer for the public consisted more or less in Hollywood films aka big studio productions, more often without a vision.
Staying true to these principles, Eric Rohmer shows us in all his movies what a splendid observer of the human behavior he is. And because of the way he succeeds of transcribing what he sees, also a beautiful poet. He loves to analyse his characters and constantly does so through an intense dialogue declaring himself ‘less interested in what people do, than with what is going on in their minds while they are doing it’. Besides the charming, witty conversations, one can learn about the nature of his characters also from their gestures and their costumes, another important observable features of ones personality.
Rohmer’s movies are a real treat for fashion fans. And not only fashion, also for all of those with an eye for superb details. Every outfit has an extra shot of elegance due to the scenery and the surroundings. Here are some captures from his movies that are lovely and help me make a point with not much effort.
Le genou du Claire (Claire’s knee) – 1970
sources: newwavefilm.com; pinterest.com