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A founding father of French New Wave cinema who began his professional life as a journalist, critic and literature professor, Eric Rohmer (whose given name was Maurice Schérer) was born April 4, 1920, in Nancy, France.

Rohmer's peers included New Wave auteurs François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol. Among these, the reclusive writer-director was best known for his affinity for young, attractive leads and chatty scripts. His 1960s movie cycle "Six Moral Tales," along with his six "Comedies and Proverbs" in the 1980s and the "Tales of the Four Seasons" in the 1990s, are hallmarks of Rohmer's style.

My Night at Maud's (1969) earned Oscar nods for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Screenplay, and The Marquise of O (1976) won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. Rohmer received the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion in 2001 for his contributions to the craft. He died Jan. 11, 2010.

Eric Rohmer in A Tale of Winter

A Tale of Winter

1992 NR

A young couple, Félicie and Charles, meet while on holiday and fall deeply in love. In a fatal slip, she gives him the wrong address, and, as a result, he disappears from her life. Five years later, at Christmas time, Félicie is a hairdresser in the Paris suburbs with a daughter (Charles') and two lovers. The plot centers on Félicie's shifting allegiances to the three men in her life, in a roundabout journey that finally brings her face to face with the most basic issues of destiny and faith.

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