NYFF7: Eric Rohmer’s “My Night at Maud’s”

Posted by Daniel Rubinton on 11.21.2011

Our weekly celebration of "50 Years of the New York Film Festival" continues Tuesday with Eric Rohmer's My Night at Maud’s from the seventh festival in 1969.

My Night at Maud's is the third part of writer/director Eric Rohmer's acclaimed "Six Moral Tales" series, featuring men forced to resist their feelings when tempted by other lovers. In this film, a snowstorm forces a man infatuated by a beautiful woman he saw at church to find shelter with Maud, a charming divorcée. It was Rohmer's second feature-length film, and a sign of the powerful body of work ahead. Rohmer's sophomore film was screened at both the Cannes and New York Film Festivals and earned the filmmaker two Academy Award nominations. Dealing with themes such as Catholicism, love, morality, and philosophy, this powerful film was called "one of the most influential and talked-about films of the decade" by Criterion.

Our year-by-year survey of the 50-year history of NYFF will continue on Tuesday, November 29 (and every Tuesday after that) with Ken Loach's Kes from the eighth edition of the festival in 1970.

Here is a list of all the films that played the seventh New York Film Festival in 1969:
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Paul Mazursky, U.S.A., 1969

The Joke (Zert)
Jaromil Jires, Czechoslavia, 1968

A Gentle Creature (Une femme douce)
Robert Bresson, France, 1969

The Lady From Constantinople (Sziget a szaraz-foldon)
Judit Elek, Hungary, 1969

The Ritual (Riten)
Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1969

Boy (Shonen)
Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1969

Ådalen ’31
Bo Widerberg, Sweden, 1968

The Epic That Never Was (I Claudius)
Joseph von Sternberg, Great Britain, 1965

Lion’s Love
Agnès Varda, U.S.A., 1969

Pierre & Paul
René Allio, France, 1969

La ronde
Max Ophuls, France, 1950

My Night at Maud’s (Ma nuit chez Maud)
Eric Rohmer, France, 1969

The Merry Widow
Erich von Stroheim, U.S.A., 1925

Duet for Cannibals (Duett for kannibaler)
Susan Sontag, Sweden, 1969

Destroy She Said (Detruire, dit-elle)
Marguerite Duras, France, 1969

Goto, Island of Love (Goto l’ile d’aour)
Walerian Borowczyk, France,1968

He Who Gets Slapped
Victor Sjostrom, U.S.A., 1924

Joyful Wisdom (Le gai savoir)
Jean-Luc Godard, France/West Germany, 1968

The Deserter and the Nomads (Zbehovia a putnici)
Juro Jakubisko, Czechoslovakia/ Italy, 1968

Pigpen (Porcile)
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy/France,1969.

The Money Order (Mandabi)
Ousmane Sembene, Senegal/ France, 1968

One Fine Day (Un certo giorno)
Ermanno Olmi, Italy, 1969

Oh! What a Lovely War
Richard Attenborough, Great Britain, 1969

Image courtesy of FILMS DU LOSANGE / THE KOBAL COLLECTION

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