Classic French Film Festival Continues June 20-23

| June 20, 2013

The Webster University Film Series, Cinema St. Louis, and TV5MONDE present four films (Yoyo, The Little Soldier, Les Misérables and Le Pont Du Nord) and one film short (Le Cinematographie) as part of The Classic French Film Festival. 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 Brown Paper Tickets (search for Classic French).

Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m.

Yoyo  (Pierre Etaix, 1965, B&W, 96 min.)

Yoyo

This elaborately conceived and brilliantly mounted comedy is Pierre Etaix’s most beloved movie and his personal favorite. Beginning as a clever homage to silent film, complete with intertitles, Yoyo blossoms into a poignant family saga and a celebration of the circus Etaix adored. Chock-full of nimble sight gags and ingenious sound effects, Yoyo is very sweet, a little bit melancholy, and wholly imaginative.

With short Le Cinematographie (from four-part feature As Long As You’re Healthy) (12 min., B&W, 1966)

 

Friday, June 21, 7 p.m.

The Little Soldier (Le Petit Soldat) (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960, B&W, 88 min.)

The Little Soldier

During the never-mentioned French-Algerian war, a French deserter turned Geneva photographer (Michel Subor) agrees to a shoot with a model (Anna Karina in her film debut), losing a $50 bet that he won’t fall in love with her en route. But his pals at the “information” bureau have a little political assassination lined up for him – or is it is a test to see if he’s a double agent? And is the model mixed up with the FLN (Algerian liberationists) herself?

 

Saturday, June 22, 5 p.m.

Les Misérables  (Raymond Bernard, 1934, B&W, 279 min.)

Les Misérables

Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s mammoth 19th-century novel, Raymond Bernard’s dazzling, nearly five-hour Les Misérables is a breathtaking tour de force, unfolding with the depth and detail of its source.

 

Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m.

Le Pont du Nord (Jacques Rivette, 1982, color, 129 min.)

Le Pont du Nord

One of Jacques Rivette’s most mysterious and mesmerizing films, Le Pont du Nord stars Bulle Ogier and her daughter Pascale (who died two years later at the age of 25) in an enigmatic thriller. Bulle plays a claustrophobic just released from prison who joins up with the leather-jacketed Pascale, a glum young woman who likes to knife the eyes out of billboard faces. Equipped with a map of Paris from a stolen briefcase, the duo chase and are chased through the city’s parks and monuments on a scary treasure hunt involving secret surveillance, duplicity, and, of course, plenty of Rivettian paranoia.

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

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