Cinefamily is hosting an immersive look at Éric Rohmer’s six contes moraux, his decade-long run of “moral tales” which each have less to do with “morality” than the thoughts and behavior of a straying man—committed to one woman, attracted by another—who returns to his original love.
This week, the series begins with two short films—LA BOULANGÈRE DE MONCEAU (THE BAKERY GIRL OF MONCEAU, 1962; 26 minutes) and LA CARRIÈRE DE SUZANNE (SUZANNE’S CAREER, 1963; 60 minutes)—that never saw theatrical release, and continues with the feature-length LA COLLECTIONNEUSE (1967). Set on the Côte d’Azur and marked by an irresistable langour—described by Rohmer as a story of “l’amour par désoeuvrement” (love by idleness)—LA COLLECTIONNEUSE stars Haydée Politoff, a collector of men and an ideal image of nonchalance.
THE BAKERY GIRL OF MONCEAU and SUZANNE’S CAREER, Thursday, July 6, at 8 pm. (Doors open at 7 pm.)
ZEBULON, 2478 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles.
After-party at Zebulon with DJs Mark Wright and Jessica Hardy from Décadanse Soirée.
LA COLLECTIONNEUSE, Saturday, July 8, at 5 pm.
CINEFAMILY, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles.
Haydée Politoff in La Collectionneuse, directed by Éric Rohmer. Image credit: Mubi.