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La Collectionneuse (1967)

Patrick Bauchau , Haydée Politoff , Eric Rohmer  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle, Alain Jouffroy, Mijanou Bardot
  • Directors: Eric Rohmer
  • Writers: Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle, Eric Rohmer
  • Producers: Alfred de Graff, Barbet Schroeder, Georges de Beauregard
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1572528060
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "La Collectionneuse" on IMDb

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La Collectionneuse (1967)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rohmer - love him or leave him May 15, 2004
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There's no middle ground when it comes to Eric Rohmer films. You either love them or you hate them. If you hate them, there's no sense reviewing them for others. For those of us who love them, maybe we should rate the films on the Rohmer Scale of 1 to 5. "1" for your least favourites and "5" for your most favourites.
Having said that, I'd say this is a mid-level Rohmer film. But, still Rohmer, still unexplicably wonderful.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars aaaah, la collectionneuse April 18, 2002
ok. first up, this is heavy duty french art film action. approximatley equivalent in endurance requirement to eg. slacker. and equally rewarding for those who make the effort.
the film focuses on a lazy summer. a young art dealer is staying at a friends south-of-france villa, where he proposes "to do absolutely nothing"
he and the friend pontificate about the lovelife of the artless haide as she sleeps her way around the riviera. their intellectualisation serves to put themselves morally above her - in their minds at least. but haide shows them that they are aiming for something they can never have - while she is often unsatisfied she is more often happy, or at least mildly amused.
this is an awesome mood piece - i thouroughly recommend quiet contemplation with your relaxant of choice. top notch
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can this wonderful movie not be known? October 9, 2004
Eric Rohmer is such a talented movie director; philosophical, simple and so successful in depicting human life even in the murky and intellectualistic XXth century. From his works I have had the chance to see, I find La Collectionneuse the most precious, and must now express my surprise at how incredibly few people who write reviews about this motion picture have noticed its genius.

Perhaps things are so because they have not seen it in the movie theater. Certainly, this Disc is also to join the numerous complaints that the Fox Lorber DVD versions of Rohmer's works have a mediocre technical quality; those who watch La Collectionneuse only on DVD cannot fully behold the marvelous quality of its images, shot in 16mm and standing so impressively on the large movie-screen. It is a dream in silky textures of light and shadow, calmly led towards its climax in a contemplative, delightfully pleasant mood; its pace is even slower than the average Rohmer; who throughout his life has always been acknowledged for great care with details of mis-en-scene, a care which here is astonishing. There is nothing to be added or taken out. The beautiful shots of nature, the atmosphere of 60's and all words and gestures fit together as well as life itself.

The screenplay of La Collectionneuse was written eight-handed by the director and the three main players: Patrick Bauchau, who represents Adrien; Haydee Politoff, after whose name the Collectionneuse herself is named; and the simply unforgettable Daniel Pommereulle, who passed away in the end of 2003 after remaining nearly three decades out of the screen. Pommereulle has a part in this movie that seems never to have been properly called attention to by anyone, at least judging from the material that is available on the internet.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, subtle, profound and funny movie January 5, 2005
Of course, if you never liked any of Rohmer's film, this one is not for you. But "La Collectionneuse" is an extremely beautiful, subtle and profound movie. Also a funny one, even if you don't laugh... Rohmer could have made only this single film, and yet would be an important and intriguing director.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and subtly profound January 3, 2007
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I purchased this DVD mainly to practice my French, determined to disregard the English subtitles. But I found myself so absorbed in the characters and plot that I ended up reading the English to make sure I didn't miss anything. I'll view it again later for the practice. I've always liked Rohmer. His characters are always articulate, eccentric, but oh so human. The women and men in this parable about the meaning of human relationships and our need for other people are all bright and sexy in that unique French way. The setting in the South of France was intoxicating--brilliant splashes of sun, acres of clear, clean beaches and water. The journey of self-discovery for the man in the film was moving and inspiring, as he began to understand that he needed more in his life than to spend his life as a collector, referring to both his work as a collector of antiques and his own promiscuity. He returns from his extended vacation a new man. Don't expect a lot of action here, but a sexy little tale of self-discovery. Not an adult movie, but certainly a movie for adults.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rohmer The Best Film ever Made October 3, 2004
This movie surpasses most of those movies mentioned as best movie of all times. Here are the reasons:

a) There is no stupid musik.

b) it has a perfect attention to detail.

c) It is honest.

d) The female character is introduced in a most marvelous way, her "tete ronde" looking absent at the hero as he mistankingly wanders to her bedroom.

e) There is no better scene of a spoilt artist banging his slipper against the floor.

d) "You are ashamed of not having money." -No with money my dandyism would not be heroic. -I too, had I been 6.5ft with a profile of an eagle, would fell myself proche de Dieu...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eric Rohmer's Collector Girl, 3.5 stars January 30, 2011
After an hour into this film, the viewer begins to fantasize about punching these smug, pretentious self-absorbed creeps in the face. Yes, the girl too. She's not good enough of an actress to bring off her character. There is no hint of real intelligence there, just naivete. The male characters are some of the most loathsome in Rohmer's body of work. Everyone in the film suffers from a mild case of sociopathic narcissism... but isn't that one of the delights of Rohmer? His dialogue is as witty and sharp as in anything else he's done but at the same time the film lacks the charm of his other work as well as the gravitas of My Night At Maud's for example. The cinematography is rich and evocative of the environment as one would expect from Nestor Almendros. The film's style is light and breezy enough to be eminently watchable even when all the characters are acting like jerks. That people like this exist is depressing yet true. Deep down they all hate themselves, one can be sure of that.

I would have actually preferred the whole film to be about the male lead and his self-absorption. Have him spend a month at the villa and the beach, sticking to his set goal of doing nothing, thinking nothing, while musing philosophically via narration. That would have been quite an effort for Rohmer to pull off. Of course he wanted to go the route of the moral dilemma or comedy and introduce the girl and raise up some conflict. Whatever... this is one of the weaker efforts from this director but still worthwhile for lovers of French cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking classic...
`La Collectionneuse' is the third film in Eric Rohmer's `Six Morality Tales, but it isn't dependent on the other five films in order to make an impact. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a superb must-see film
This is a superb French film with English subtitles that borders on being artistic, certainly causing viewers to think, besides enjoying what they see. Read more
Published on November 17, 2010 by Israel Drazin
5.0 out of 5 stars ADVENTURES OF HUMAN MIND
La Collectionneuse is the third part in Rohmer's "The Moral Tales" The connecting thing in these tales is that the protagonist at the moment he is reaching a woman, meets another... Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by Matti
3.0 out of 5 stars The weak link in the Six Moral Tales
Although much aclaimed on its first release, seen today La Collectionneuse seems easily the weakest link in Eric Rohmer's series of Six Moral Tales. Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by Trevor Willsmer
1.0 out of 5 stars S'il vous plait- save your money! Merci
Well, I just have one word for this film-boring. Some of the scenery is good, but that's about it. So, save your money, go rent something else.
Published on February 22, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Moral Tales #3
The third entry in Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales" series, shot in colour on 16mm. Those who can't get into Rohmer's other films certainly aren't going to have their minds... Read more
Published on July 23, 2000 by "simon_dame"
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