The French Film Festival continues its second week, Thursday, June 20th through Sunday, June 23rd at Webster University. The four different programs include feature films and one short subject. Directors Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette are well known, Raymond Bernard less so, and Pierre Étaix a new discovery thanks to a restoration of his films believed lost forever.
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.
The Webster University/Cinema St. Louis Classic French Film Festival concludes this Thursday through Sunday with four films by four directors. They are: Jean-Paul Rapeneau’s Le Sauvage/Call Me Savage, Robert Bresson’s Journal d’un Curé de Campagne/Diary of a Country Priest, Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve Qui Peut (la Vie)/Every Man for Himself, and Claude Chabrol’s Une Affaire de Femmes/Story of Women.
Incredible as it sounds, this year marks the 50 year anniversary of the iconic French New Wave film A Bout de Souffle, known here as Breathless. With a story by Francois Truffaut and a screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard, the film shows the thorough film knowledge of both men who also wrote theory articles for Cahiers du Cinema, that is, Cinema Notebooks. Breathless made a star of Jean-Paul Belmondo who plays Michel Poiccard, enamored of Patricia Franchini, an irresistibly wonderful Iowa native, Jean Seberg who hawks the New York Herald Tribune on the Champs-Elysées.
Webster University's Thursday night Cinephelia series continues September 9th with the documentary Two in the Wave. Movie lovers who care about film history, especially the influential French New Wave, will welcome this rich addition to our knowledge. Through superb archival footage, director Emmanuel Laurent begins with early theoretical writings for Cahiers du Cinéma and traces the close friendship and eventual estrangement of Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. With the expert contributions of writer/narrator and former Cahiers du Cinéma editor Antoine de Baecque, Laurent includes their early short films and their first features, putting them in historical context.