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RohmerCast: The Aviator's Wife

Season 5, Ep. 1

Welcome to RohmerCast, a new podcast from one of the guys who brought you Oeuvre Busters and his much smarter friend! In this inaugural episode, hosts Liam Billingham and Shaun Seneviratne discuss The Aviator’s Wife, which marked the beginning of Rohmer’s Comedies and Proverbs cycle. This leads to some of the following tangents: growing into Rohmer as an adult; the superficial qualities one associates with Rohmer; the film as Verite Romantic Comedy, an Action Movie, and an Existential Detective Story; desire and reason; seeing someone listen; patterns, plotting, and twists; performance, and more.

 

Though you can’t see it, we were “styled” in Human Boy Worldwide and their awesome Rohmer merch.

 

The Aviator's Wife is screening as part of the Summer of Rohmer series at Metrograph (and can be streamed at Metrograph At Home).

 

You can find Liam Billingham on Twitter @liamgbillingham and Shaun Seneviratne on Instagram and Twitter @thebrownshaun.


Special thanks to our buddy George Fragopoulos, who you'll hear on the show soon!


Sources:

Eric Rohmer: Interviews edited by Fiona Handyside

Eric Rohmer: A Biography by Noël Herpe and Antoine De Baecque

Interview with Marie Rivière (via Metrograph)

Interview with Mary Stephan (via Metrograph)

Q&A with Marie Riviere, Mary Stephan, and Matias Pineiro (via Metrograph)

Meet the Rohmer Guy (via GQ)


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