Robert Classic French Film Festival
Friday, March 2, 2018 to Sunday, March 25, 2018
The 10th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series — celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the 1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema.
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The fest annually includes significant restorations, and this year features New Wave master Jacques Rivette’s visually sumptuous “La belle noiseuse.” The fest also provides one of the few opportunities available in St. Louis to see films projected the old-school, time-honored way, with Jean Renoir’s “Boudu Saved from Drowning” and Julien Duvivier’s “Pépé le moko” screening from 35mm prints. Even more traditional, we also offer silent films with live music: St. Louis’ own Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra will accompany two short features by Germaine Dulac, playing original scores created especially for the screening.
The schedule is rounded out by such celebrated and essential films as Robert Bresson’s “Pickpocket,” Jean-Luc Godard’s “Alphaville,” and Leos Carax’s “Lovers on the Bridge.”
Every program features introductions and discussions by film or French scholars and critics. The discussions will place the works in the contexts of both film and French history and provide close analyses.
All films are in French with English subtitles.
Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the belle epoque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance — the French equivalent of the legend of Frankie... Read More
Germaine Dulac Double Bill: The Cigarette & The Smiling Madame Beudet
A pioneering filmmaker and feminist, Germaine Dulac toggled between commercial and avant-garde modes, with one of her most famous works, “The Seashell and the... Read More
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Michel Simon gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu, a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by... Read MoreWhite Accessory Hunkemöller Back Hunkemöller Back Beach xSpqYqHwP
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A cockeyed fusion of science fiction, pulp characters, and surrealist poetry, Jean-Luc Godard’s irreverent journey to the mysterious Alphaville remains one of the... Read More
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