Eric Rohmer (1920-2010)

Filmmaker, critic, and French New Wave pioneer Eric Rohmer has died at the age of 89. Rohmer was one of the great filmmakers, and his films have been a deep source of personal and professional inspiration to me. My personal favorites are My Night at Maud's, Autumn Tale, and part one of Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle. In the last of these, the climax of the film has two young women awaking at dawn to listen for "the blue hour" -- a possibly-mythical moment of absolute silence in nature. It is a moment that, for me, is the essence of Rohmer's art.

If you are a fan, I recommend Colin Crisp's superb book, Eric Rohmer: Realist and Moralist, which, in addition to Crisp's observations, contains many passages of Rohmer talking and writing about his filmmaking practice.