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Monday, January 11, 2010

C'est vrai! France 24 reports Eric Rohmer dead at 89, influential French New Wave film director

Heard the news around Noon.

See http://www.france24.com/en/

or watch LIVE in English at

New York Times put something up
around 1:13 p.m. this afternoon.

I saw many of his films, like most of the French
New Wave films I've seen, at film art houses
while living in Chicago and Washington, D.C.,
as well as the National Gallery of Art, and
while he was certainly an acquired taste for some
American film-goers, I was a person who found
his films
very... quoi, interesting and idiosyncratic?

When they were good, they were very good,
indeed, and gave you a lot to talk about with
your friends and significant others afterwards,
before you went home.
Lots of nights walking on cold Chicago sidewalks
talking about morality and ambiguity in the modern

So much more enlightening than rehashing for the
1,001st time whether The Tribune Company
was ruining the Cubs!

On the front of the videotape of his 1971
film Claire's Knee, the distributors run excerpts
of New York Times film critic Vincent Canby's
review, creating perhaps the most perfect blurb
you could ever hope for on a film:
"Original, complete, mysterious... practically

That it was.

Great view of original poster:

"One of the most extraordinary directorial careers in the history of cinema"

In their DVD review of the box-set

Eric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales
in the BFI's Sight and Sound,
Tim Lewis got to the very heart of
what animated Eric Rohmer:
The six films comprising this series offer different sketches of the same dilemma. A man falls in love with a woman, thereby forming a commitment, either in fact or in principle, and then must navigate safe passage through sexual temptation by relying on (and sometimes discovering) his moral code, proving himself worthy of that love. Rohmer's brand of morality is subjective and non-judgemental; his characters include students and petits bourgeois and the idle rich, Catholics and atheists, singles and marrieds-with-children, and their standards vary. The point is "to thine own self be true" as the series depicts the ways in which thoughtful people can meet themselves in the mazes of their own stratagems, and how their true selves are sometimes at odds with the people they think they are or aspire to be.

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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