Media alert: Art Museum presents classic French silent film with live musical accompaniment

By | April 20, 2017

ST. LOUIS, April 13, 2017—Visitors to the Saint Louis Art Museum can step back in time for a glimpse of Parisian life when the museum presents the silent film “Au Bonheur des Dames” with live musical accompaniment.

The screening will be on Saturday, May 6 at 11 am in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium. Elsie Parker and the Poor People of Paris, which specializes in French popular music, will provide accompaniment to the 1930 film.

The event coincides with “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade,” a groundbreaking exhibition exploring how the Impressionists depicted high-fashion hats and the women who sold them in Belle Époque Paris. The exhibition, organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, closes in St. Louis on May 7.

“Au Bonheur des Dames” is an adaptation of an Émile Zola novel of the same name, which is sometimes translated as “The Ladies’ Paradise” or “The Ladies’ Delight.” It tells the story of a young woman who moves to Paris to work in a department store and eventually falls in love with the store’s owner. The 1930 adaptation was directed by the legendary French filmmaker Julien Duvivier.

Based in St. Louis, Elsie Parker and the Poor People of Paris specializes in French popular music and jazz. Elsie Parker, the group’s founder, first became enchanted with the voice and songs of Edith Piaf, and especially loves singing Piaf’s early songs.

Tickets for the event are $15, and space is limited. Tickets are available in-person at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee of $3 per ticket.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493,