'[...] the fact that the moral vision apparent in Rohmer’s output should ever have been expressed is a product of the very factors it denies. Moreover if it is expressed with such intensity and coherence, this too is related to the moral climate subtended by that same postwar affluence. The consumer ethic, with its emphasis on planned obsolescence and instant gratification, with its progressive “liberalization” of long-established laws related to sexual and social codes, with its concentration on purely materialistic goals, must inevitably have seemed intolerable to any such Catholic with Jansenist leanings. It must have presented itself as a symptom of the moral decline of the notion, and of the whole Western world―a decline, also, of the sphere of influence of those same conservative Catholics, as the morale of self-discipline and delayed gratification to which they adhered became marginalized. No longer corresponding to the economic imperatives of the age, it could seem irrelevant, ridiculous, or even incomprehensible to the generation of the sixties and seventies.'

C. G. Crisp, Eric Rohmer: Realist and Moralist, publisher: Indiana University Press

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