Straub-Huillet | Essential Films

Essential films by Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet available for institutional purchase.
MACHORKA-MUFF
MACHORKA-MUFF
A powerful, almost surreal distillation of a story by Heinrich Böll, Straub-Huillet's debut work concerns a former Nazi colonel who takes advantage of his political and sexual status in post-war Germany.
NOT RECONCILED
NOT RECONCILED
Straub-Huillet's heralded feature debut eschews conventional form and storytelling to chart the origins and legacy of Nazism, as well as the moral demands of obedience and sacrifice within the German bourgeois family, in this vigorous adaptation of Heinrich Böll’s novel.
CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH
CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH
In one of their most sublime and acclaimed films, Straub-Huillet attempt to capture Bach’s ineffable artistry — based on recitations of Anna Magdalena’s intimate, yet fictionalized, letters to her husband, as well as performances in the very rooms and churches where Bach composed and conducted them.
HISTORY LESSONS
HISTORY LESSONS
This complex interpretation of Brecht’s unfinished novel The Business Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar explores history as it has been written by the victors, with their hero worship of tyrannical leaders (whether Caesar or Hitler), and offers an alternate view of history writing as fractured and potentially revolutionary.
MOSES AND AARON
MOSES AND AARON
One of Straub-Huillet's major films, this adaptation of Schoenberg’s unfinished opera is a thrilling and rigorous consideration of Biblical and archaeological history, particularly with respect to the collective memory of the Egyptian enslavement of the Hebrews and the Exodus.
FROM THE CLOUD TO THE RESISTANCE
FROM THE CLOUD TO THE RESISTANCE
Based on six mythological encounters in Cesar Pavese’s Dialogues with Leucò, and on Pavese’s last novel, The Moon and the Bonfires, about the savage murders of Italian anti-Fascist resistance fighters during World War II, this film bridges history and myth, modernity and antiquity.
TOO EARLY/TOO LATE
TOO EARLY/TOO LATE
Inspired by a Friedrich Engels letter and a 1974 account of two militant Marxist writers imprisoned by the Nasser regime, Straub-Huillet reflect on Egypt’s history of peasant struggle and liberation from Western colonization, linking it to class tensions in France shortly before the Revolution of 1789.
THESE ENCOUNTERS OF THEIRS
THESE ENCOUNTERS OF THEIRS
In Straub-Huillet's last feature length collaboration before Huillet's death in 2006, villagers gather in the Tuscan countryside to recite scenes from Cesare Pavese’s Dialogues with Leucò, a series of meditations on human destiny, both comical and tragic, between ancient Greek mythological figures.