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A Pictorial Dream — Directed by Straub and Huillet

June 17 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium
Introduced by Barton Byg

“Danièle Huillet compared filmmaking to archaeology. This film uncovers many layers of language, image, and performance. Hölderlin’s translation, with some of the most beautiful and powerful German poetry I know, was adapted by Bertolt Brecht in 1947–1948, the version that Straub and Huillet interpret. As in early cinema, the camera remains at one axis: all variations come only from angle, focal length, and tilt or pan. The oblique placement of actors and camera in the ancient Sicilian Teatro di Segesta allows the landscape, the trees and the stones to comment on the drama . . . . While WWII was Brecht’s contemporary reference, it is the First Gulf War here, yet Straub-Huillet keep Antigone’s confrontation with Creon entirely historical” — Barton Byg. (1991, 35mm, subtitles, 100 minutes)

courtesy Belva Film

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