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St. Louis Robert Classic French Film Festival

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. 

This year’s fest kicks off with a screening of Bertrand Tavernier’s acclaimed documentary “My Journey Through French Cinema,” the director’s personal reflections on key films and filmmakers. Several of the works he highlights — such as Jacques Becker’s “Casque d’or” and Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Le Samouraï” — are screened at this year’s fest.

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.

Film Schedule

Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm | My Journey Through French Cinema directed by Bertrand Tavernier, 2016, 201 min.

Friday, March 9, 7:30 pm | Casque D'or  directed by Jacques Becker, 1952, 96 min.

Saturday, March 10, 7:00 pm | Germaine Dulac Double Bill: The Cigarette & The Smiling Madame Beudet directed by Germain Dulac, 1919/1922, 120 min.

Sunday, March 11, 7:00 pm | Boudu Saved from Drowning directed by Jean Renoir, 1932, 85 min.

Friday, March 16, 7:30 pm | Alphaville directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1965, 99 min. 

Saturday, March 17, 7:00 pm | The Lovers on the Bridge directed by Leos Carax, 1991, 127 min. 

Sunday, March 18, 7:00 pm | Pickpocket directed by Robert Bresson, 1959, 76 min. 

Friday, March 23, 7:00 pm | Le Samouraï directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967, 107 min.

Saturday, March 24, 6:00 pm | La belle noiseuse directed by Jacques Rivette, 1991, 238 min. 

Sunday, March 25, 7:00 pm | Pépé le moko directed by Julien Duvivier, 1937, 94 min.