My Night at Maud’s

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Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present My Night at Maud's at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,
Genre: Drama
Director: Eric Rohmer
Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez
Rated: PG

Eric Rohmer is perhaps the least easily accessible of all French New Wave filmmakers. His films are not as stylistically inventive as those of the other filmmakers—in fact, they’re rather staid by comparison—and he’s far less playful. His films are more concerned with ideas and how those ideas attain an internal life of their own. How much he succeeded in creating this internal life is subjective at best. Some find his works very successful, and his probings into ideas, philosophies and morals profound. Others merely find his work rather dull. I’m somewhere in between, but I don’t find this film about a devout Catholic (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and his pursuit of a girl (Marie-Christine Barrault) in the least dull. The film’s centerpiece—his sexless night with Maud (Françoise Fabian)—may go on a little long, but not distressingly so. However, it’s best to know that this is a film about ideas and conversation more than anything else. In other words, it’s not action-packed. In some ways, it might remind you of the recent mumblecore movement in indie film, but with more interesting characters and better photography.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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