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Cinematographer Nestor Almendros made his feature debut in 1966 when he photographed Éric Rohmer’s La Collectionneuse, and he worked with Rohmer on the three subsequent Moral Tales.

“The landscape and the setting can impose a certain style on a film. When Rohmer and I went to the Annecy region scouting location’s for CLAIRE’S KNEE (1970), he told me he wanted a Gauguin look….Rohmer shoots fast, but he doesn’t shoot all the time….He may arrive in the morning and do nothing concrete until noon. Though he may seem to be daydreaming, he acts with amazing speed when he decides what he wants….Since he has neither assistants nor a scriptwriter, Rohmer keeps track of everything himself….He’s open to any kind of suggestion as long as it has nothing to do with content. On this, he is inflexible.” — Nestor Almendros, A Man with a Camera (1984)

CLAIRE’S KNEE, Saturday, July 22, at 5 pm.

CINEFAMILY, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles.


Unlike the previous Moral Tales, Rohmer’s final chapter LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (a.k.a. CHLOÉ IN THE AFTERNOON) is set in Paris, which allowed Rohmer to construct a fantasy sequence where the women from the previous Tales reappear on the street.

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON, Saturday, July 29, at 5 pm.

CINEFAMILY, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles.


The July 29 screening will feature a DJ set by Jim Smith, from The Smell.

Both films will be screened in 35mm prints, courtesy of the Institut Français.


Danièle Ciarlet, a.k.a. Zouzou, in L’amour l’après-midi/Love in the Afternoon/Chloé in the Afternoon.



MA NUIT CHEZ MAUD—screening at Cinefamily early Saturday evening—is the third of Rohmer’s Moral Tales, but was shot fourth, while the director waited for Jean-Louis Trintignant’s schedule to clear.

MA NUIT CHEZ MAUD is about love, being a Roman Catholic, body language and the games people play. It is just about the best movie I’ve seen on all four subjects. It is also a refreshingly intelligent movie: not that it’s ideological or academic (far from it) but that it is thoughtful, and reveals a deep knowledge of human nature.” — Roger Ebert, 1970

This presentation of Rohmer’s Moral Tales is part of Cinefamily’s La Collectionneuse series, programmed by Kalyane Lévy.

MA NUIT CHEZ MAUD, Saturday, July 15, at 5 pm.

CINEFAMILY, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles.

At 3:30 pm, Jim Smith from The Smell is playing a DJ set at a pre-MAUD reception at CINEFAMILY. Ticket-holders can r.s.v.p. here:


Françoise Fabian and Jean-Louis Trintignant in Ma nuit chez Maud (1969).