(Jean Renoir, 1926, France, 150 min.)
With live accompaniment by the Poor People of Paris
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 largely faithful adaptation of the classic novel by Emile Zola (the author's daughter, Denise Leblond-Zola, was even hired to write the titles), the film stars Renoir’s wife, Catherine Hessling, as the flawed title character, a middling stage actress who becomes the kept woman of the hopelessly infatuated and married Count Muffat. Influenced by the extravagant work of Erich von Stroheim (“Foolish Wives,” “Greed”) — whom Renoir greatly admired — the film features a pair of grand set-pieces, at a horse race and an open-air ball.
- With an introduction and post-film discussion by Lionel Cuillé, the Jane and Bruce Robert professor of French and Francophone studies at Webster University.
- All films are in French with English subtitles.
Sunday, March 12 at 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119