Rohmer in Paris and The Bakery Girl of Monceau
U.K. Dir. Richard Misek. 2013, 67 mins. U.S. premiere. Digital format from Pascale Ramonda. Richard Misek’s Rohmer in Paris is a loving ode to the Nouvelle Vague master Eric Rohmer, and to cinema itself. “Cinephilia is an obsession waiting to be triggered,” says Misek in his narration, relating an anecdote about the time he accidentally walked into a shot while Rohmer was filming Rendezvous in Paris (1995), a chance encounter which sparked his love for cinema. Drawn to Rohmer’s career, but also to his love for city walking (flânerie) in the city, Misek traces the physical paths taken by Rohmer and his characters while weaving together rare archival footage, photographs, and audio with contemporary images taken from the same locations. The film premiered at CPH Dox, Copenhagen.
Showing with The Bakery Girl of Monceau (La boulangère de Monceau)
With editor Jackie Raynal in person
France. Dir. Eric Rohmer. 1963, 23 mins. 35mm print from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, courtesy of Les Films du Losange. With Barbet Schroeder, Claudine Soubrier, and Michèle Girardon. The inaugural work in Rohmer’s cycle “Six Moral Tales,” the short film The Bakery Girl of Monceau tells the story of a young law student who finds himself in a spiritual and physical bind, beguiled by two women: the artistic and ethereal blonde Sylvie and the sensual, mysterious brunette Jacqueline. The 16mm film was made in one afternoon on the streets near Rohmer’s Paris office.
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