French Film Festival Continues July 28-31

| July 27, 2011

The Classic French Film Festival presented by the Webster University Film Series continues this weekend with four films, one each night running from Thursday to Sunday.

Call Me Savage

Admission to the French Film Festival is:

$10 for general public
$8 for Cinema St. Louis and Alliance Française members
$4 for Webster University faculty and staff
Free to Webster University Students

The lineup this weekend:

CALL ME SAVAGE (Le Sauvage)
(Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1975, France, 103 min.)

Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

In this romantic adventure comedy from French writer/director Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Catherine Deneuve stars as Nelly, a young French bride who gets cold feet and flees the altar with her irate Italian groom Vittorio (Luigi Vannucchi in hot pursuit. While she is on the run in Venezuela, Nelly carries with her a priceless stolen painting and meets Martin (Yves Montand), a financially and personally troubled middle-aged French perfume maker who is fleeing both his marriage and his failing business. Together the unlikely pair from a bond upon finding themselves in need of each other’s assistance.

DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (Journal d’un curé de campagne)
(Robert Bresson,1951, France, 115 min.)

Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.

A new priest (Claude Laydu) arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The apathetic and hostile rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and from God. With his fourth film, Robert Bresson began to implement his stylistic philosophy as a filmmaker, stripping away all inessential elements from his compositions, the dialogue and the music, exacting a purity of image and sound.

EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF (Sauve qui peut (la vie))
(Jean-Luc Godard, 1980, France, 87 min.)

Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The 1980 film, which found JLG returning to cinema after working in video through the 70’s, is a complicated exploration of relations. A work which Godard considered his “second first film,” the film charts the intertwined lives of three characters: Paul Godard (Jacques Dutronc), a filmmaker whose marriage is on the rocks; his ex-girlfriend Denise Rimbaud (Nathalie Baye), who wants to escape to the country; and Isabelle Rivière (Isabelle Huppert), a prostitute who sells her body to lead a free life.

Story of Women

STORY OF WOMEN (Une affaire de femmes)
(Claude Chabrol, 1988, France, 108 min.)

Sunday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.

From acclaimed director Chabrol comes this compelling true story of working-class housewife Marie (Isabelle Huppert), who performs illegal abortions in France during World War II, evading the Nazis, and betraying those she loves. Brought to life by Chabrol on actual locations, The Story of Women is an honest, original, and utterly absorbing film, which won Isabelle Huppert Best Actress at the 1988 Venice Film Festival.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency and the Regional Arts Commission.

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