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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 Claire's Knee

Claire's Knee

1970 NR

Part of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales" series, this French film tells the story of Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy), a cultural attaché enjoying his last holiday before getting married, and his peculiar fetish with a teenage girl. Jerome grows obsessed with Claire but fights his urges by permitting himself the singular pleasure of touching her knee. Rohmer likes his erotica spiced with talky foreplay, and Claire's Knee is no exception.

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