Eric Rohmer Dead at 89
He was the oldest and . . . if one's filmmaking can indeed be received in the critical consciousness as a reflection of one's being . . . the best-mannered of that passel of young-ish non-Turks who represented the core of what time, tide and Criterion marketing reps (to name but three elemental forces) have labeled France's Nouvelle vague. And while his films could, with often exasperating frequency, leave one hungry for emanations less . . . civilized, there could never be any question of the man's dedication to Cinema, or his place in its wondrous and unsleeping concord.
Eric Rohmer has passed away at the age of 89. Much will be written in the next few days (though not by me); words of tribute that will emerge from every corner of the film blogosphere. Believe me, he was worth every syllable of them.