La collectionneuse by Éric Rohmer (France, 1967, 91 min.)
Hosted by Bailey Holtz - In French with English subtitles.
*We will be holding a Skype conversation with Haydée Politoff, the film's lead actress, after the screening! We'll discuss the making of the film, and Rohmer's directorial style. Don't miss this opportunity!*
For the third film in his series of Moral Tales, Éric Rohmer tries to capture an authentic human experience on screen, and approaches this task like a modern day producer of reality television: he brings together a cast of non-actors to live together in a villa while the film is shot, and constructs the script around taped conversations between them. Who, we ask ourselves, will get voted out first?! That remains to be seen in the unfolding of this delicate, meditative film. Attraction and seduction form the basis of a languorous mind game set in St. Tropez, where three young people spend an idle summer. Friends Daniel (Daniel Pommereulle) and Adrien (Patrick Bauchau) claim to have no interest in the beautiful guest Haydée, a “collector” of men, and try to steer each other into bed with her first. The self-assured Haydée (Haydée Politoff), meanwhile, plays a game all of her own. Morality, irony, and aesthetics all factor in La collectionneuse, but so do beauty, sensuality, and the glorious visuals of a beachside villa. A little something for the philosopher and the reality TV junkie alike.
“The natural splendors of blue water, rocky shore, bright sky, and hilly terrain provide a serene setting for the eternal struggles of man versus man, man versus woman, and man versus his own worst instincts.” –Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Bailey Holtz is a filmmaker, writer, and performer based in Chicago. She studied French and Film and Media Studies at Georgetown University, and has been fortunate enough to professionally pursue both strains of her education, first in New York, and now in Chicago. She has delved into the worlds of entertainment, film production, and French cultural administration, and is delighted to finally be able to bring her passions together under one roof. Bailey grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, where her love of languages and cultural exchange was first ignited.
Film Retrospective 2018-2019
Nouvelle Vague, Revisited
Vintage cars and jazz music; love stories in black and white; reckless youth, smoke and style, so much style…Our new film series is all about the French New Wave with the films you know and love shown on Saturday afternoons, and weeknight screenings dedicated to the New Wave’s influence around the world and across generations—in the presence of our guest speakers.
Are you ready to be swept away? Here comes La Nouvelle Vague again!
Series curated by Aimée Laberge, and co-curated by Bailey Holtz and Randy Williams