The Seventh Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival showcases nine films, eight features and one short, over three weekends in March. Each of the historically important works from the 1930s through the early 1990s has been recently restored, meaning these masterpieces will be seen as their creators intended, occasionally for the first time in decades.
Focused on the famous impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir late in his life, French director Gilles Bourdos's "Renoir" resembles nothing so much as Renoir's work, which is to say that details accrue slowly but beautifully. The film relishes the lovely light of southern France and the languorous moods captured gloriously in the paintings and the scenes devoted to their creation.
The Fourth Annual Classic French Film Festival continues Thursday, July 19th and through Sunday, July 29th at Webster University with eight different programs. Directors range from silent film pioneer Georges Méliès to New Wave’s Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette, Chris Marker and Henri-Georges Clouzot to Jean Renoir and Jean Vigo.