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Robert Classic French Film Festival coming back to St. Louis this August

George Vandervalk

ST. LOUIS, MO — Cinema St. Louis partners with TV5MONDE to present this year’s Robert Classic French Film Festival.

The fest features films produced during the 1920s through the 1980s and will run throughout the month on August 13-15, August 20-22 and August 27-29. The committee has chosen to hold the festival at Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium (August 13-15) and Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium (August 20-22 and 27-29).

The fest is famous for its inclusion of film restorations, and this year is no exception. Restorations of Melvin Van Peebles’ “The Story of a Three-Day Pass”, Diane Kurys’ “Entre Nous”, Joseph Losey’s “Mr. Klein”, Jacques Deray’s “La piscine and the director’s cut of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s “Betty Blue” are scheduled to be screened in this year’s run.

This year’s fest will pay tribute to the late Anna Karina (d. 2019) by screening Jean-Luc Godard’s “Vivre sa vie” - which was delayed due to the pandemic.

In addition to these features, the festival will also screen films celebrating their 50th anniversaries, such as François Truffaut’s “Two English Girls” and Claude Jutra’s “Mon oncle Antoine”. Agnes Varda’s “Vagabond” is also scheduled to screen using the time-honored 35mm print for vintage cinema enthusiasts.

Tickets start at $14 for general admission and $11 for students and Cinema St. Louis members. There are also special passes that can grant you access to multiple film viewings: the Five-Film Passes ($60 for general admission and $45 for CSL members) and the All-Access Passes ($100 for general admission and $80 for CSL members).

For more information on the per-day screening schedule and ticket sales, visit here.

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