La Collectionneuse, Women & Film and the American Cinémathèque present: La Collectionneuse
Come celebrate the summer with us!
LA COLLECTIONNEUSE, 1967, Les Films du Losange, 89 min. Dir. Eric Rohmer.
When cultured art dealer Adrien (Patrick Bauchau) retreats to a Mediterranean villa with his close friend Daniel (Daniel Pommereulle) for a dream summer of reading, reflection, and dolce far niente, little does he count on the intrusion of the beautiful, young, sexually uninhibited Haydee (Haydee Politoff), whose mere presence will— naturally— interrupt their serenity with the necessity of trying to seduce her. The fourth installment of Rohmer’s Moral Tales, La Collectionneuse is a ticklish, erotic meditation the mores of ‘60s French bohemianism, whose mood and cultural moment Rohmer wanted to recreate with a perfect verisimilitude. In between liaisons and various literary, musical, and artistic preoccupations, flows a natural, mordant dialogue written together by the film’s leads— who were themselves amateur actors handpicked by the director from the era’s young Saint Tropez hopping set. The first of the Moral Tales in full color, as well as the first with acclaimed cinematographer Nestor Almendros, La Collectionneuse could nearly be mistaken for your own memory of a perfect summer in Southern France, in all its sun-flooded languor and decadence.