One of the great masters of the French New Wave his no longer with us. Eric Rohmer passed away Monday at the age of 89. Rohmer was known for making movies about young, modern French people who fall in love and talk and talk and talk, spurring the infamous comment that his films were like "watching paint dry." But the secret of Rohmer is that, even though his characters are smart and educated and know a little something about human nature, they can't help themselves from succumbing to feelings of love and lust and jealousy, no matter how many words they use or how often they try to intellectually justify themselves.
That duality worked in almost all of Rohmer's films, which he tended to direct in specific groups. His "Six Moral Tales" is perhaps the most well-regarded, including La Collectionneuse (1967), My Night at Maud's (1969), Claire's Knee (1970) and Love in the Afternoon (1972). The 1980s brought "Comedies and Proverbs," with films like Pauline at the Beach (1983), Le Rayon Vert (1986) -- a Golden Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival -- and Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987). And in the 1990s, he completed his "Tales of the Four Seasons," including A Summer's Tale (1996) and Autumn Tale (1998).