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French Film Centers on Winemaker

Ryan Isaac
Posted: July 10, 1999

Wine-and-cinema buffs take note: A new movie coming out this summer features a winemaker as its central character, along with plenty of beautiful vineyard scenery.

"Autumn Tale," the final movie in French filmmaker Eric Rohmer's four-part "Tales of the Four Seasons," centers around the life of Magali (Beatrice Romand), a widowed Cote du Rhone winemaker, whose friends attempt to find her a new mate. Though wine plays only a minor role in the story, it helps define the main character. Magali takes quiet pride in aging her wines longer than her neighboring vintners, and her seduction of Gerald (Alain Libolt) begins over a glass of her wine.

"Autumn Tale," winner of the 1998 Venice Film Festival award for Best Original Screenplay, opened on Friday, July 9, in New York and will open nationally throughout the summer. The move is in French, with English subtitles.

For more about wine in the movies, read these features from November 30, 1997 issue:

  • It Oughtta Be in Pictures
    The people who make movies and television shows love wine, but so far it remains mostly a punch line on-screen

  • Laying a Trap
    The Parent Trap uses Napa locations to connect romance with wine

  • Making a Scene
    Now showing: Five classic wine scenes from the good old days, plus two lesser-known films that care enough to give wine a starring role

  • Starry Night
    Big names from film and wine converge on Niebaum-Coppola to salute a great film and raise money for charity

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