MUBI presents: The Adventures of Rosette (and Éric Rohmer) - with Rosette in person!
The U.S. theatrical premiere of a series of shorts shot by Éric Rohmer, directed by and starring one of his longtime collaborators, the actress Rosette.
Nov 19, 2023, 7:00 PM
2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
MUBI presents: The Adventures of Rosette (and Éric Rohmer)
directed by Rosette
1983-1999, France, DCP
U.S. theatrical premiere! With Rosette in person.
Any seasoned viewer of Éric Rohmer’s films would recognize Rosette. The redheaded, rosy-cheeked actress—usually seen wearing a pink ribbon in her hair—often portrays characters with a ribald, libertine spirit, whose sunny disposition provides a foil to Rohmer’s typically conflicted, depressive heroines (most notably in The Green Ray and Pauline at the Beach). Starting in 1983, Rosette directed a series of episodic short films on Super-8, enlisting Rohmer as her cinematographer, in which her winsome persona takes center stage, while collaborating with many other regular members of his ensemble (Arielle Dombasle, Marie Rivière, Pascal Greggory). These films — dubbed The Adventures of Rosette — play like Rohmer films in miniature, but reflect a far bawdier, fancy-free version of Paris, where chance encounters, flirtations and affairs are as much as a part of daily life as odd jobs, break-ups and petty crimes. Rosette would describe these as “vacation films, made in complete freedom with a family of friends I met in Éric’s world.” Cut by Rohmer’s longtime editor Mary Stephen, Rohmer’s work behind the camera introduced a lightness that clearly inspired breezier works to come like Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle. Rosette and Rohmer would later introduce a new persona, Ninon, in a duet of 1990s films that are equally delightful and perceptive.
We are overjoyed to welcome Rosette to Los Angeles to present these films for the first time in the U.S., and to discuss her longtime collaboration with Eric Rohmer, ahead of the publication of her new memoir Éric (L'ami Rohmer).
This screening would not be possible without generous support from MUBI and Villa Albertine - Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
All films in French with English subtitles. Special thanks to Aude Hesbert and Lise de Sablet (Villa Albertine), Dylan Polacek (MUBI), Patrick Bensard, Gérard Courant, and Rebekah Sherman-Myntti.
Rosette sort le soir (1983, 11m)
Rosette prend sa douche (1983, 14m)
Rosette vend des roses (1985, 12m)
Rosette vole les voleurs (1987, 18m)
Les amis de Ninon (1996, 24m)
Une histoire qui se dessine (1999, 10m)
Followed by a conversation with Rosette.
Total runtime: 89m