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Ma nuit chez Maud
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22 March 1970 (USA) See more »
The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Jean-Louis
Françoise Fabian ... Maud
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Françoise
Antoine Vitez ... Vidal
Léonide Kogan ... Concert Violinist
Guy Léger ... Preacher
Anne Dubot ... Blonde Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Becker ... Marie, Maud's Daughter (uncredited)
Marie-Claude Rauzier ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Eric Rohmer 
Writing credits
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Eric Rohmer  writer

Produced by
Pierre Cottrell .... producer
Barbet Schroeder .... producer
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros 
Film Editing by
Cécile Decugis 
Production Design by
Nicole Rachline 
Production Management
Alfred de Graff .... production manager
Sound Department
Jacques Maumont .... sound
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound
Alain Sempé .... sound assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Claude Gasché .... assistant camera
Emmanuel Machuel .... camera operator
Philippe Rousselot .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Christine Lecouvette .... assistant editor
Other crew
Pierre Grimberg .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Ma nuit chez Maud" - France (original title)
"My Night at Maud's" - USA (Los Angeles première title)
"Six Moral Tales III: My Night at Maud's" - International (English title) (long title)
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110 min | Portugal:102 min | USA:105 min
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When nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, it was nominated under the title "My Night with Maud" because at the time it had no US distributor.See more »
Continuity: When Trintignant accepts to climb into bed with Fabian, he motions for her to pass him the blanket, extending his right hand holding a lit cigarette. The next shot from the side shows him grasping the blanket with a cigarette-free right hand.See more »
Jean-Louis:Are you still a Marxist?
Vidal:Absolutely. For a Communist, Pascal's wager is very relevant today. Personally, I very much doubt that history has any meaning. Yet I wager that it has, so I'm in a Pascalian situation. Hypothesis A: Society and politics are meaningless. Hypothesis B: History has meaning...
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Battlefield of Ideologies, 21 May 2010
Author: Ilpo Hirvonen from Finland

Ma nuit chez Maud AKA My Night at Maud's is Eric Rohmer's third Moral Tale. Eric Rohmer, together with Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol & Rivette, formed the French New Wave, which offered a new view on narrative. Rohmer's films are often seen as more mature compared to his other French New Wave companions. My Night at Maud's is a moral study, which dialog achieves to catch the viewer right from the start.

Two men, Jean-Louis and Vidal meet again after 15 years. They decide to go to visit Vidal's friend, Maud. In Maud's apartment the group of three have interesting discussions about Pascal, philosophy, moral and religion. What makes these discussions so interesting is the difference of Vidal, Jean-Louis and Maud. Jean-Louis is a catholic who believes in the holiness of man. Vidal is a Marxist who replaces God with history, he believes in history instead of God. Maud is an atheist, who believes in true short-term happiness. When Vidal leaves the apartment, Jean-Louis gets to a moral dilemma.

Jean-Louis talks a lot about a young blond woman he saw in church, Francoise. He doesn't know anything about her, but she represents religious and an ideal woman to him. Where Maud is the opposite to him. Jean-Louis doesn't believe in short-term happiness. So as he spends the night at Maud's he gets to a moral dilemma. According to his religious beliefs he should resist the temptation of Maud. Again his lie to Francoise is Christian compassion, but it's also a desire to hide his dishonesty.

My Night at Maud's goes very deep. It's not just about what's on surface: the intellectual dialogs and the moral dilemmas. The intelligence of Rohmer goes much deeper. And that is what I like in his films, even if you don't understand everything, the films have something that make you watch them again and again. I'm 17 and when I walked into a dark theater to see this fine film, I was blown away. When the film is over, you have came from a moral journey. So Eric Rohmer's film, obviously doesn't just stop at being the battlefield of ideologies.

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