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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
(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 with Maud" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"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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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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: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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Referenced in Night Moves (1975)See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Intellectual meditation of faith, 9 May 2011
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Jean-Louis (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a recently converted devout Catholic, who at the beginning of the film, falls in love with a beautiful blonde named Francois (Marie-Christine Barrault) in Church. He follows her, but loses her in traffic. He meets old friend Vidal (Antoine Vitez) by chance in a restaurant and the two talk about their views on philosophy, religion and mathematics. They go to the house of Maud (Francois Fabian), a flirtatious, free-spirited woman who takes an interest in Jean-Louis. When the snow falls heavier outside, Jean-Louis is forced to spend the night at Maud's, putting a strain on his new found beliefs on marriage, commitment and fidelity.

Eric Rohmer's film is full of dialogue. The characters talk and talk, often so intellectually that I had trouble keeping up. But the talk is interesting and intriguing. The main theme (it appeared to me, anyway) is the value of faith in a world where the likelihood of heaven is becoming increasingly unlikely. Jean-Louis, a former ladies man, fights his urges when Maud invites him into her bed. He eventually climbs in, feeling the cold, and begins to kiss her. He eventually pulls away, looking almost angry with himself. He obviously feels that an eternity in heaven, however unlikely the idea is, is worth more than a moment of weakness and happiness.

The dialogue-heavy scenes may not appeal to everyone, it can at times be difficult to engage with the film and bourgeois characters. But it is richly rewarding and a highly intelligent character study. The film has an almost love/hate attitude to the idea of Christianity in a similar way to many of Bergman's greatest films. One of the most intellectually stimulating films of the French New Wave movement.

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