French director Eric Rohmer ranks among the cinema’s very finest observers of human behaviour – and with behaviour comes clothes. The way we choose to dress comes third only to the way we talk and our non-verbal tics and expressions as an outward manifestation of our personalities and character.
For fashion fans, his films provide a treasure trove of everyday looks and outfits – never more so than in the string of masterpieces he made during the 1980s. In this series of ‘Comédies et Proverbes’, quite apart from the elegance of the plots and the emotions, for the retro-minded there is huge pleasure to be had from trendspotting.
Clothes for the office, clothes for the beach, clothes for a disco – Rohmer’s films are an indelible sartorial record of what people in certain pockets of western Europe were wearing during this most gaudy of decades.
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (1987)
The Green Ray (1986)
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987)
A Good Marriage (1982)
Full Moon in Paris (1984)
Pauline at the Beach (1983)