As the fifth entry in his famous Six Moral Tales, Éric Rohmer’s Claire’s Knee tackles a range of sexual themes in a singular approach that is both laid back and biting in its criticisms. The careful maneuvering of Rohmer’s storytelling, novelistic in nature, allows him to explore the fallibility of human desire and manipulative nature of lust and infatuation without outright demonizing the nuances of his characters. Claire’s Knee is an incredibly human portrait of the world while also feeling like a dream at times, with its sumptuous summer setting near the gorgeous Lake Annecy of France and framed with equally warm affection towards its subjects. Listen as we also revisit some controversial news surrounding Morgan Neville’s latest documentary, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, and another profile of a famous film face: Val. We catch up as well with Calvin at the North Bend Film Festival and hear the latest news from Cannes. All of this and more from your independent resource on classic and contemporary cinema.
0:00: Documentary Ethics Panel
24:00: From the Festivals: North Bend and Cannes
35:00: Claire’s Knee
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