Éric Rohmer (1920 - 2010) was a French film director, film critic, journalist, novelist, screenwriter and teacher.
Eric Rohmer discusses his film The Marquise of O with Melinda:
Rohmer, having set up the tape recorder himself, continued to conduct the interview. He neither solicits nor suffers any prompting and heads straight to the point: "It's the past in itself which interests me. I make no attempt to modernize. I want to make people appreciate the past and the art of the past. We have inherited a great tradition and must not lose it through laziness."
It is perhaps unwise to ask the dedicated professor of the past why his subject is so important to a modern audience if he makes no attempt to relate it to the present. Unconvinced by my simple question, Rohmer paused for the first time. "But surely you feel the reason," he said rather plaintively. Then he sighed and in a resigned tone continued, "I'll explain why the past is important in modern terms, if that's what you want."
Excerpt from Through Parisian Eyes [PDF]