Classic French Film Festival March 4th -20th at Webster University

The Eighth Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-produced 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 early 1990s, offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema.

The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations, and we’re especially pleased to present Jacques Rivette’s long-unavailable epic Out 1: Spectre Additional restoration highlights include Jean-Luc Godard’s A Married Woman and Max Ophüls’ too-little-seen From Mayerling To Sarajevo. Both Ophüls’ film and Louis Malle’s Elevator To The Gallows – with a jazz score by St. Louis-area native Miles Davis — screen from 35mm prints. All films will screen at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (47- E. Lockwood)

Music fans will further delight in the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra’s accompaniment and original score for Carl Th. Dreyer’s
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The Star-Crossed Lovers of From Mayerling to Sarajevo Return to the Big Screen

The Star-Crossed Lovers of From Mayerling to Sarajevo Return to the Big Screen
Max Ophüls remains revered for his densely layered postwar sandcastles of love and irony, and as a result his international résumé through the Thirties is often overlooked — if seen at all. This 1940 rarity, released in France nine days before the Germans began their assault and occupation, is quite apparently an Ophüls-for-hire quickie, and apparently the only movie ever made about the devout but royal-protocol-vexed romance between the Hapsburg dynasty's Archduke Franz Ferdinand (American politician-to-be John Lodge) and his underclass Czech-countess love Sophie Chotek (Edwige Feuillère) in the century's first decades. The modern era looms, as the Empire's unrest builds, a spontaneous yet inevitable world war approaches, and Lodge...
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Do You Know What You Should About "The First World War"?

The first world war began almost by accident. It ended just as strangely.

The series begins where most every retelling begins, with Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who killed Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. But it begins with an image of Belgrade today, where Princip took his gun for target practice (at which he was ill adept). After a few quirks of fate, this rather pathetic anarchist sparked one of the greatest global calamities the world has ever known one hundred years ago this June. The series then steps back and sets the stage for that event. Such a full and epic approach is exactly what one would expect from this ten-part documentary The First World War: The Complete Series (2003), based on the book by Hew Strachan, released for the centenary of the war's beginning. If you went to high school in America, then you well know the look and feel
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