Moral Tales: My Night at Maud’s

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

With a DJ set by Jim Smith from The Smell

My Night at Maud’s is one of those movies with truly great dialogue – the kind of late-night heart-to-hearting and waxing philosophical that you recognize more from life than from other movies. Deep-dives that wantonly break the “sex/politics/religion” rule and life-like skirmishes played out awkwardly via unspoken social cues will make you laugh or wince with recognition. Rohmer remains obsessively devoted to wrapping reality up in fiction, casting a Marxist to play a Marxist and intertwining his protagonist’s romantic troubles with the writings of mathematician-philosopher Blaise Pascal. If that sounds pretentious and unromantic, Rohmer knows it – his specialty is in vain male heroes bumbling through tangled webs of self-deception. With the third (but fourth released) Moral Tale, the formula finally won him a breakout success, garnering praise at Cannes and even penetrating mainstream theaters in the U.S., where Rohmer landed his only Oscar nomination. It introduced Rohmer to America as the New Wave’s most understated master – novelistic, quietly satirical, and a keen observer of the subtle beauty and absurdity of human behavior.

Dir. Éric Rohmer, 1969, 35mm, 110 min.

Print courtesy of the Institut Français. Special thanks to the Cultural services of the French Embassy.

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