Claire’s Knee

Claire’s Knee

Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1970 • France
Starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan

“Why would I tie myself to one woman?” asks Jerôme in CLAIRE’S KNEE, though he plans to marry a diplomat’s daughter by summer’s end. He spends his July at a lakeside boardinghouse, nursing crushes on the sixteen-year-old Laura and, more tantalizingly, her long-legged, blonde, older half sister, Claire. Baring her knee on a ladder under a blooming cherry tree, Claire unwittingly incites a moral crisis for Jerôme while creating an image that is both the iconic emblem of Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales and one of French cinema’s most enduring moments.

Claire’s Knee
  • Claire’s Knee

    Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1970 • France
    Starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan

    “Why would I tie myself to one woman?” asks Jerôme in CLAIRE’S KNEE, though he plans to marry a diplomat’s daughter by summer’s end. He spends his July at a lakeside boardinghouse, nursing ...

Extras

  • “Le journal du cinéma”: CLAIRE’S KNEE

    The following episode of the French television program “Le journal du cinéma” features interviews with actors Jean-Claude Brialy, Béatrice Romand, and Laurence de Monaghan. It originally aired on December 13, 1970.

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