Lacombe, Lucien

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Black Moon
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Claire's Knee
"Why would I tie myself to one woman if I were interested in others?" says Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy), even as he plans on marrying a diplomat's daughter by summer's end. Before then, Jerome spends his July at a lakeside boardinghouse nursing crushes on the sixteen-year-old Laura (Beatrice Romand) and, more…
Love in the Afternoon
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Trafic
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L'enfance nue
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La Collectionneuse
A bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence of the bohemian Haydee (Haydee Politoff), accused of being a "collector" of men. Rohmer's first color film, LA COLLECTIONNEUSE pushes…
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