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Screenings
January 21, 2014
French Institute Alliance Francaise
New York, NY
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Eastman House
Rochester, NY

New Beverly
Los Angeles, CA

UWisconsin Cinematheque
Madison, WI

Los Angeles, CA
Claremont & Town Center

Siskel Center
Chicago, IL

Avon Theatre
Stamford, CT

Union Cinema
Milwaukee, WI

Belcourt Theatre
Nashville, TN

The Charles
Baltimore, MD

Pacific Film Archives,
Berkeley, CA

SIFF
Seattle, WA

Museum of Fine Arts
Houston, TX

Northwest Film Center
Portland, OR

Avon Theatre
Stamford, CT

Cleveland Cinematheque
Cleveland, OH

BAMcinematek
Brooklyn, NY

Sarasota Film Festival
Sarasota, FL

AFI Silver
Silver Spring, MD

Film Forum
New York, NY

Cornell Cinema
Ithaca, NY

Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma City, OK

Jacob Burns Film Center
Pleasantville, NY

Pacific Cinematheque
Vancouver, BC
 
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, MA
Previous Screenings
Starring
Marie Rivière, Béatrice Romand,
Carita, Lisa Heredia
and Vincent Gauthier
 
Directed Eric Rohmer
 
Written by Eric Rohmer with
the collaboration of Marie Rivière
 
Photography by Sophie Maintigneux
Edited by Maria-Luisa Garcia
Music by Jean-Louis Valero
Produced by Margaret Menegoz
 
A Production of Les Films du Losange, 1986, 1:33.

Declared the best movie of the year in 1986 by Andrew Sarris—a list that also included Hannah and Her Sisters, The Sacrifice, and Vagabond — Le Rayon vert is frequently cited as a career triumph in a filmography that includes numerous great films. Rohmer’s tale, the fifth in his “Comedies & Proverbs” cycle (“Ah for the days/That set our hearts ablaze” – Rimbaud), follows the independent but insecure Delphine (Rivière), a newly single young Parisian who cannot find a holiday companion for the month of August, and meets and rejects, glides and stumbles in her longing for connection. Overhearing a discussion of Jules Verne’s The Green Ray, Delphine becomes fascinated with seeing the elusive meteorological event - The Green Ray - and the promise that comes with it. Rohmer stock player Rivière, who also co-wrote her largely self-created role, delivers one of the most captivating lead performances in any of the filmmaker’s works.

“Five stars! (highest rating) – Now here’s a summer movie to get excited about."
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
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"Rohmer's ultimate masterwork. No film I can recall in years has provided such a profound insight into the human condition.  A singularly ennobling episode in the history of cinema."
– Andrew Sarris, Village Voice
 
“Eric Rohmer’s compassionate, humane masterpiece… its delicacy, charm and tenderness are irresistible.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
 
“It’s as flawlessly constructed, shot and performed as ever… the word, quite bluntly, is masterpiece.”
– Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

Richard Brody, The New Yorker
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Bill Weber, Slant
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Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
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Le Rayon Vert (Summer)