Eric Rohmer passes away

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I loved the work of this pioneer of the French New Wave. So sad to hear filmmaker Eric Rohmer has died at the age of 89.

The Associated Press announced his passing just after 1 p.m. today. Here’s what they wrote:

French filmmaker Eric Rohmer dies
PARIS (AP) — A production company says French filmmaker Eric Rohmer — internationally known for movies tracing the intricacies of romantic relationships — has died. He was 89 years old.

Les Films du Losange, a company that produced his movies, says Rohmer died in Paris on Monday. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Rohmer’s best-known films included “My Night at Maud’s” and “Claire’s Knee.”

He had worked until recently, with his latest film, “Les amours d’Astree et de Celadon,” (“Romance of Astree and Celadon”), appearing in 2007.

Rohmer debuted in cinema in the early 1950s, making dozens of films.

In 2001, he was awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his body of work.

He did some great work up until the end. I especially remember having the privilege to see The Lady and the Duke in the theater. I true masterpiece done with digital video. His Moral Tales are an amazing series of movies, and I would highly recommend them. One later-period, obscure one I personally love from is Le rayon vert, whose title was poorly translated to Summer in English.

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