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Eric Rohmer (writer)
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Release Date:
22 March 1970 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Unique style and rhythm See more (34 total) »

Cast

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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
(in alphabetical order)
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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Runtime:
110 min | Portugal:102 min | USA:105 min
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Trivia:
It is the third film in the series of the Six Moral Tales by Eric Rohmer.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Jean-Louis:You come here a lot?
Vidal:Almost never. And you?
Jean-Louis:I've never set foot in here before.
Vidal:And yet our paths cross right here. How strange.
Jean-Louis:On the contrary. Our ordinary paths never cross. Therefore, the point of intersection must be outside those ordinary paths. I've dabbling in mathematics in my spare time. It would be fun to calculate our chances of meeting in a two-month period.
Vidal:Can it be done?
Jean-Louis:It's a matter of data and how you handle it. Provided the data exists. Obivously, if I don't know where a person lives or works I can't work out the odds of running into them.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What are the names of all six of Rohmer's moral tales?
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Unique style and rhythm, 28 October 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

My Night at Maud's is the third in the Six Moral tales series. In this film, an introverted Catholic engineer (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is introduced by his Marxist friend Vidal (Antoine Vitez) to Maud (Francoise Fabian), a charming and worldly divorcee and ends up staying the night in her apartment. Jean-Louis, Vidal, and Maud spend the evening talking about philosophy and religion, particularly about their differing views on Pascal and his wager. The wager goes something like this: Given overwhelming odds against the existence of God (for example, 100 to 1), we must bet on that one chance. For if God does not exist, and we lose the bet, then our loss is inconsequential. But if God does exist, then our lives gain meaning and our reward is eternal.

After Vidal leaves, Maud tells Jean-Louis about her marriage, her ex-husband's Catholic mistress, and the tragic end to her affair with the only man she truly loved. When he is persuaded to avoid a snowstorm and stay overnight, Jean-Louis has to overcome Maud's advances and his own temptations to remain faithful to his ideal mate, a blond, Catholic girl (Marie-Christine Barrault) he recently met at church.

This was the first film I'd seen by Eric Rohmer and it was a puzzle to penetrate the uniqueness of his style and rhythm. Rohmer presents his characters in very natural, almost mundane situations, and heightens the realism by using only natural sounds of the environment. On the surface, the film appears very simple but underneath there is much complexity. Jean-Louis is conflicted between his Catholic principles and his love of sensual pleasure. He lives in a world centered almost entirely on himself, engaging in much philosophizing about choice but never choosing. He operates out of how he "should" or "should not" act rather than out of his experience of what works. When life does not fit his pictures, he deceives himself with endless rationalizations. Through his experience with Maud, however, he is shaken out of need for complete self-control and discovers the epiphany of grace.

Rohmer has a light touch and employs intelligent and witty dialogue to bring his characters to life. In the process, he creates an impersonal elegance that is totally captivating. Rohmer doesn't set out to change our lives just to make us think, and in My Night at Maud's, he succeeds admirably.

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