Classic French Film Festival June 13 – 30

| June 12, 2013

The Webster University Film Series, Cinema St. Louis, and TV5MONDE present “The Classic French Film Festival” June 13 – 30 in the Moore Auditorium:

Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m.
THE LADIES’ PARADISE (Au bonheur des dames)
(Julien Duvivier, 1930, B&W, 85 min.)
With live accompaniment by Poor People of Paris
Julien Duvivier’s final silent film is a modern retelling of Emile Zola’s panoramic chronicle of mid-19-century Parisian society, centering on a small fabric shop struggling to survive in the shadow of a luxury department store. With expressionistic shades of Erich von Stroheim and G.W. Pabst, the film captures the rhythms of urban life and the pleasures of bourgeois consumer culture.

Friday, June 14, 7 p.m.
A MAN AND A WOMAN (Un homme et une femme)
(Claude Lelouch, 1966, color, 102 min.)
Starring Anouk Aimée and “Amour’s” Jean-Louis Trintignant, Claude Lelouch’s much-loved A Man and a Woman chronicles the budding relationship between a young widow and widower who meet by chance at their children’s boarding school – a romance complicated by the memories of their deceased spouses. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival and Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay.

Saturday, June 15, 7 p.m.
MAX AND THE JUNKMEN (Max et les ferrailleurs)
(Claude Sautet, 1971, color, 107 min.)
Never before released in U.S. theaters, Claude Sautet’s elegant and sophisticated crime drama stars the great Michel Piccoli as a Paris detective who poses as a wealthy banker to lure a petty crook and his gang into committing a bank robbery … so that he can then catch them red-handed. But there’s one thing the detective doesn’t plan for: falling in love with his intended victim’s beautiful moll (Romy Schneider).

Sunday, June 16, 7 p.m.
FRENCH AVANT-GARDE SILENT SHORTS
With live accompaniment by Hearding Cats Collective
This program includes five key Dadaist/surrealist shorts from the French avant-garde of the 1920s: BALLET MÉCANIQUE (Fernand Léger, 1924, 11 min.); THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN/LA COQUILLE ET LE CLERGYMAN (Germaine Dulac, 1926, 31 min.); ANÉMIC CINÉMA (Marcel Duchamp, 1926, 6 min.); LEAVE ME ALONE/EMAK-BAKIA (Man Ray, 1926, 16 min.); and THE THREE-SIDED MIRROR/LA GLACE À TROIS FACES (Jean Epstein, 1927, 33 min.).

For more information please visit: www.cinemastlouis.org or www2.webster.edu/filmseries.

Tickets are $12 each, $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current IDs, and free for Webster University students. Advance sales are available through the Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com (search for Classic French).

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

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