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ÉRIC ROHMER x 3 FROM METROGRAPH, RESTORATIONS ONLINE, SEPT. 4-28, 2020

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L'AMI DE MON AMIE

Metrograph in NYC offers New Restorations and Weeklong Digital Engagements of restorations of three of Éric Rohmer's classic films from the eighties. I'll be publishing new reviews.

The Aviator's Wife
Boyfriends and Girlfriends
4 Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle

Guest Introductions Include Noah Baumbach; Digital Exclusives via Metrograph Live Screenings

1. Boyfriends and Girlfriends/L'Ami de mon amie (1987).

Opens Friday, September 4 - 8:00pm EST and runs to Sept. 11. Guest Introduction by Noah Baumbach.
Digital Exclusive of New Restoration
A Metrograph Pictures release
Through September 10

Rohmer uses the amorous misadventures of two girlfriends in the Paris suburbs to test the old adage in the final episode of his “Comedies and Proverbs” series. Taking an identifiable stab at a yuppie(ish) set, Rohmer’s witty Shakespearean roundelay involves the buttoned-up Blanche (Emmanuelle Chaulet, in a superb debut) and the free-spirited Lea (Sophie Renoir), and their current amours. The pair are tempted by each other’s love interests, testing both their friendship and their understanding of matters of the heart. 1987. 103 mins.

2. 4 Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987).

Opens Friday, September 11 - 8:00pm EST and runs to Sept. 18.

Digital Exclusive of New Restoration
A Metrograph Pictures release
Through September 17

Directly following the conclusion of Éric Rohmer’s six-part “Comedies and Proverbs” series, came this breezy, witty film, which traces the exploits of two young women—one an ethnology student from the city, the other an unsophisticated aspiring artist from the country. Reinette and Mirabelle (played by Joëlle Miquel and Jessica Forde) become instant friends upon meeting in the first of four vignettes that make up the film (“The Blue Hour”), and in their first two days together, they decide to become roommates in Paris. Throughout the three remaining stories, they encounter many of the inevitable characters of a modern city: the impossible waiter (“The Waiter”), the Metro-station hustler (“The Beggar, the Kleptomaniac and the Hustler”), and the snooty gallery owner (“Selling the Painting”). 1987. 102 mins.

3. The Aviator's Wife (1981).

Opens Friday, September 18 - 8:00pm EST and runs to Sept. 24.

Digital Exclusive of New Restoration
A Metrograph Pictures release
Through September 24

The inaugural film of Eric Rohmer’s “Comedies and Proverbs” cycle, The Aviator’s Wife is a fleecy farce of romantic overanalysis that finds the director exploring the possibilities of handheld camerawork in following a narrative expression of the opening epigraph: “It is impossible to think of nothing.” A young man sees his girlfriend’s ex leaving her apartment one early morning, and his imagination is off to the races, as stars Philippe Marlaud and Marie Rivière introduce a younger, less perfectly articulate type of Rohmer character than those of the “Moral Tales.” 1981. 108 mins.

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