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My Night At Maud's (1970)

Jean-Louis Trintignant , Françoise Fabian , Eric Rohmer  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez, Léonide Kogan
  • Directors: Eric Rohmer
  • Writers: Eric Rohmer
  • Producers: Barbet Schroeder, Pierre Cottrell
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 1998
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1572522127
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Night At Maud's" on IMDb

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French director Eric Rohmer, former critic and Cahiers du Cinema editor, created a very special romantic film series around the difficult choices men make when they fall in love with two women called "Six Moral Tales." My Night at Maud's was the third entry, and it was so well received in 1969 that it gave Rohmer international prominence. To this day, it remains Rohmer's masterpiece, a brilliantly insightful and sublime meditation on adult indiscretions. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a chaste engineer who thinks he's met his soul mate in church (Marie-Christine Barrault), yet winds up accidentally spending the night with the seductive Maud (Francoise Fabian), who is more his intellectual equal. Filmed in stark black and white by Nestor Almendros, this is one of those rare films in which questions about philosophy translate into unexpected answers about the heart. It's slow and methodical, but well worth the experience. --Bill Desowitz

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Envoi protégé de france ! Dvd Import Neuf. Merci de bien regarder les photos pour le descriptif.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU SHALL NOT ... April 17, 2000
How to find the right words to make you want to discover french author/director Eric Rohmer ? I would lie if I'd say MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S is an action movie. It's not a boring arty work either. Eric Rohmer is a very peculiar case among french directors. He's interested in morals, in the deep psychology of his movies' characters, in literature and philosophical problems. Vast program, rich but not rebarbative at all.
MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S is the third of the six moral tales he shot in the sixties and early seventies. The action takes place in Clermont-Ferrand, in southern France. Jean-Louis Trintignant (leading actor of Lelouch's A MAN AND A WOMAN) is a catholic 34 years old man looking for a girl to marry. Observing a young blonde girl at the Mass celebration, he decides she will be the one.
His friend Antoine Vitez invites him to pass an evening at Françoise "MAUD" Fabian's place. Light dialogs become soon a conversation about the Grace, the Predestination, the Sin and the Faith. Antoine Vitez leaves and let the not-so puritan Trintignant alone with a Maud still chatting and lying in bed almost naked.
Will Trintignant succumb to the charm of Maud or be faithful to the blonde girl he hasn't had the chance to meet yet ? That's the moral point of the movie. MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S is a 1968 movie, shot in black and white with english subtitles you can't remove (!), that has won two Oscars. I sincerely hope you'll have the curiosity to take a look at it since 5 or 6 Rohmer's movies have hit the DVD market these last months, all of them being pure gems. Oh yes ! I forgot. MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S is one of these movies that can deeply change in you the way you approach movies.
Take the risk to consider MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S as a DVD for your library.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is so tight! November 26, 2003
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Sublime. To me, this stealthily thrilling film exploits both the living quality of a theatrical performance and the privileged intimacy that cinema offers -- close-ups, mobile perspectives, and so on. Rohmer's tale seems put together to resemble a peculiarly intrusive documentary, an impossibly close piece of observational cinema. Half the joy of experiencing his fiction stems from the convincing impression that one is (secretly) watching a group of interesting adults socializing spontaneously in the manner of their culture and class. The other half of one's pleasure lies in the awareness, as the film concludes, that an intricate and subtle structure has been unfolding and cleverly weaving the tale's elements together all along. Rohmer's film works on several levels, and is well worth viewing by the socially curious and the open-minded.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, I want to stress that there is siginifcant disjunction here between the quality of MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S as a film, and the dismal quality of the Fox Lorber DVD. Thus, my criticism is not addressed to the film itself, which, like every one of Rohmer's Six Moral Tales, I would highly recommend, but to the lackluster transfer from Fox Lorber. I am in full agreement with the reviewer who argued that the film itself deserves 5 stars, whereas the DVD itself offers nothing better than a vhs quality audio and video transfer (in fact, this trasfer is below the standards of many vhs releases). Moreover, as with their many Godard and Truffaut releases, Fox Lorber has marked only 6 chapter headings. Now how hard is it to bookmark a chapter heading? Of course, I suppose that would actually require taking some interest in the film itself, so as to gadge the appropriate moments to bookmark.
In sum, this DVD does not even have the advantage of convenient chapter options. It is a shame that a company who owns the rights to so many great films repeatedly releases such poorly engineered DVDs. There are, of course, exceptions (more recent titles, of few of the Truffaut releases, or Godard's "Vivre Sa Vie," for example). Nonetheless, I have come to expect from Fox Lorber below average video and audio quality, along with few special features, if any (even the director and actor videographies are often incomplete). Even though I own many DVDs from Fox Lorber, inspite of their mediocre quality, this is one issue that I cannot recommend. In fact, I first rented this film on DVD, but elected to purchase a...VHS copy, instead. MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S is a remarkably subtle, yet powerful, filmic treatment of infidelity and the complexity of human relationships.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romer at his most conversational May 16, 2002
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"The heart has it reasons which reason knows nothing of." --Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
This is the Eric Romer film they warned you about. There is a lot of talk, talk, and more talk. But the talk is very interesting. One of the main topics of discussion is Pascal's famous wager. Pascal believed that if there is even the slightest chance of the Christian heaven being true, then as a matter of probability, one ought to be a believer. Even a minuscule chance of everlasting paradise is worth the bet because infinity (eternity) times even a very small number is infinity. And, of course, if not believing puts one in however small the danger of eternal damnation, then again one should be a believer. But, as Vidal (Antoine Vitez) sagely remarks in the movie, infinity times zero is still zero.
Jean-Louis Trintignant stars as a 34-year-old Catholic mathematician who has a way with women. He runs into his old school chum, Vidal, who introduces him to Maud (Francoise Fabian), who has a way with men. Funny but they don't quite hit it off even though she manipulates him into spending the night with her. Their conversation is witty, subliminal and revealing. Maud believes in the supremacy of love, Jean-Louis in being morally flexible. Although a believing and practicing Catholic, he tells Maud that one is not going against God's will by chasing girls anymore than one is going against God's will by doing mathematics.
The girl that Jean-Louis is currently chasing is 22-year-old Francoise (Maire-Christine Barrault) a blonde, Catholic girl that he has spied at church. At first it seems that although he is certain that she is perfect for him, she is reluctant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE FOURTH MORAL TALE
Like the other moral tales by Rohmer "Ma nuit chez Maud" deals with human relationships, love and sex, but is a little bit more serious than the other moral tales. Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by Matti
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who like this sort of thing...
...this is the sort of thing that we love.

A movie about those odd conversations we have when we dance around desire, not sure whether to give in or get out. Read more
Published on April 3, 2009 by Cody K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rohmer's Wager
Jean-Louis Trintignant stars as Jean-Louis, a stern Catholic who has wandered the world before settling into a new job at Michelin in the Clermont area of France. Read more
Published on October 18, 2008 by Westley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Logic of Love
I was a bit unprepared for what I saw in "My Night at Maud's" (I had anticipated a more festive movie under the mistaken pretense that "Maud's" was a night club). Read more
Published on November 6, 2007 by Randy Keehn
5.0 out of 5 stars The head vs. the heart
Eric Rohmer's intelligent look at the subject of principles vs. intuition. A mathemetician (Jean-Louis) meets an old school chum (Vidal), a philosopher, and they begin a... Read more
Published on October 25, 2005 by Bomojaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth opus: the supreme expression of good taste!
Eric Rohmer' s artistic personality has been one of the most original and eloquent. Expressive sobriety supported by a high caliber humor sense. Read more
Published on August 2, 2005 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
4.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable ending
I must have watched this film at least twenty times--it never gets boring. A lot of talking in this film--if you don't know French, have fun reading the relentless subtitles. Read more
Published on March 25, 2005 by GyroPyro
5.0 out of 5 stars Rohmer at His Best
This is the fourth and best of Eric Rohmer's six moral tales. Like many of Rohmer's films, "My Night at Maud's" is about the search for a life-partner, temptation and fidelity. Read more
Published on July 5, 2002 by Jamie MacTavish
5.0 out of 5 stars My Night With Rohmer
There are few filmmakers whom I can say truly put me in a good mood and Rohmer is one of those filmmakers. Read more
Published on March 30, 2002 by Alex Udvary
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly dated
The plot of this film is simple enough. A man who is a Catholic sees a woman whom he decides to pursue. She is young attractive and blond. Read more
Published on January 19, 2002 by Tom Munro
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