Film Scripts (April 2021)

Film Forum’s Introductory Notes (by Roger Ebert) on A Tale of Springtime: Nothing very dramatic usually happens in a Rohmer film, or at least nothing loud and violent. The characters are usually too well-behaved and sometimes too distracted by their own problems to pay much attention to the plot Rohmer has thrust them into. That’s one of the pleasures of a film like this; we can recognize the rhythms of real life, in which personal drama sometimes has to wait while we attend to routine duties. There’s the sense in a Rohmer film that the characters are free to walk out, if they want to; they’re not on assignment to stick with the plot to the bitter end, as they are in a Hollywood film.

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