Straub-Huillet | Feature-Length

From Moses and Aaron to Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, feature films by Straub-Huillet.
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.
EYES DO NOT WANT TO CLOSE AT ALL TIMES
EYES DO NOT WANT TO CLOSE AT ALL TIMES
A faithful adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s Othon, the classic tragedy that premiered at the court of Louis XIV at Fontainebleau in 1664 and today is more hallowed than actually performed, Eyes do not want to close… depicts the power vacuum that followed Emperor Nero’s death.
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; set almost entirely within a Roman amphitheater whose history lends every precise line-reading and gesture, every startling camera move and cut, a totalizing force.
FORTINI/CANI
FORTINI/CANI
An elegiac and damning meditation on abuses of power and historical amnesia, this film records communist critic Franco Fortini reading excerpts of his book The Dogs of Sinai, which condemns capitalism and the state of Israel in the aftermath of the Six Day War while reflecting on his own Jewish heritage.
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.
COMMUNISTS
COMMUNISTS
Six scenes concerning resistance to “forms of domination and violence of man on man,” including Communist prisoners who face down their Fascist interrogators during World War II and Egyptian workers and peasants who revolt against their colonial exploiters in 1919.