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Claire’s Knee [Le Genou de Claire] ***** (1970, Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan) – Classic Movie Review 4260

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French New Wave writer-director Eric Rohmer’s superb 1970 comedy of manners is his wittiest, most charming film.

Jean-Claude Brialy stars as the 30-something cultural attaché Jerome, betrothed to a diplomat’s daughter, who takes a pre-wedding lakeside vacation at Lake Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France, where he meets his Italian novelist old friend Aurora (Aurora Cornu).

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Jerome also meets two beautiful stepsisters, and Aurora talks him into flirting with one of them, his landlady’s sexy teenage daughter, Laura (Béatrice Romand). But he develops a crush on Laura’s elder half-sister Claire (Laurence de Monaghan), and finally satisfies his passion to fondle her knee.

Jean-Claude Brialy (1933–2007).

Rohmer’s highly amusing, beautifully literary, intricately observed screenplay leads up to a wonderfully erotic finale, and it is performed exquisitely and filmed ravishingly by Nestor Almendros.

It is the fifth of the director’s Moral Tales (Contes Moreaux) sequence of six movies.

© Derek Winnert 2016 Classic Movie Review 4260

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Éric Rohmer (1920–2010).

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