Robert Classic French Film Festival

Three Colors: Blue/Trois couleurs: Bleu

March 10-26, 2017

Sponsored by the Jane M. & Bruce P. Robert Charitable Foundation

The Ninth 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 mid-1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema.

The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations, which this year includes films by two New Wave masters: Jacques Rivette’s first feature, “Paris Belongs to Us,” and François Truffaut’s cinephilic love letter, “Day for Night.” The fest also provides one of the few opportunities available in St. Louis to see films projected the old-school, time-honored way, with both Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad” and Robert Bresson’s “Au hasard Balthazar” screening from 35mm prints. Even more traditional, we also offer a silent film with live music, and audiences are sure to delight in the Poor People of Paris’ accompaniment for Jean Renoir’s classic “Nana.” The schedule is rounded out by such diverse but enduring works as “Au revoir les enfants,” “Blue,” “Cleo from 5 to 7” and “Eyes Without a Face.”

Every program features introductions and discussions by film 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.

Au revoir les enfants

Friday, Mar. 10 at 7:30pm

“Au revoir les enfants” tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic... Read More

Three Colors: Blue

Saturday, Mar. 11 at 7:30pm

In the moving first film of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy — each part tells a stand-alone story — Juliette Binoche gives a tour-de-force performance... Read More


Sunday, Mar. 12 at 7:00pm

Elsie Parker and the Poor People of Paris provide live musical accompaniment to Jean Renoir’s silent “Nana,” the famed director’s second feature. A condensed but... Read More

Cléo from 5 to 7

Friday, Mar. 17 at 7:30pm

Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the ’60s with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits the test results... Read More

Last Year at Marienbad

Saturday, Mar. 18 at 7:30pm

Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal “Last Year at Marienbad” has been... Read More

Au hasard Balthazar

Sunday, Mar. 19 at 7:00pm

A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director Robert Bresson’s “Au hasard Balthazar” follows the donkey... Read More

Day for Night

Friday, Mar. 24 at 7:30pm

This affectionate farce from François Truffaut about the joys and strife of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films. Truffaut himself appears as the harried... Read More

Eyes Without a Face

Saturday, Mar. 25 at 7:30pm

At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his... Read More

Paris Belongs to Us

Sunday, Mar. 26 at 7:00pm

One of the original critics-turned-filmmakers who helped jump-start the French New Wave, Jacques Rivette began shooting his debut feature in 1958, well before that... Read More