Eric Rohmer: 1920 - 2010

Eric Rohmer, one of cinema's most urbane masters, died last week. French director, critic, and former editor of Cahiers du Cinema, Rohmer was more interested in human foibles than human misery. The result is a half century of stylized, articulate and subtle character studies about love and desire that was once famously compared to "watching paint dry."

But paint never came in more varied shades or nuances. If you've never seen Rohmer, his Six Moral Tales from the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the justly celebrated My Night at Maud's, are worth a mini film series. If you've seen these, try something a little more offbeat such as Perceval le Gallois.