Jean-Marie Straub

Jean-Marie Straub – Dialogue d’ombres AKA Dialogue of Shadows (2013)

Synopsis
Jean-Marie Straub’s new film closes the circle. The years 1954–2013 are displayed as representing a film produced in collaboration with Danièle Huillet. The two had met in Paris in 1954, around the year they came across the text by Georges Bernanos, to whom Straub has now dedicated a half-hour film. A man and a woman engaged in a dialogue, talking about their love, as if talking across an abyss. Then, in the last take, the two of them close together, motionless for a long time. Read More »

Jean-Marie Straub – Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht AKA Not Reconciled (1965)

JONATHAN ROSENBAUM:
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“Far from being a puzzle film (like Citizen Kane or Muriel), Not Reconciled is better described as a ‘lacunary film’, in the same sense that Littré defines a lacunary body: a whole composed of agglomerated crystals with intervals among them, like the interstitial spaces between the cells of an organism”. Jean-Marie Straub’s description of his second film and second Heinrich Böll adaptation (after Machorka-Muff) helps to explain why, although it has more plot than any of his other works — containing even more characters and intrigues than Othon — it is virtually impossible to paraphrase in the form of a synopsis. Read More »

Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Von heute auf morgen aka From Today Until Tomorrow (1997)

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Based on an unknown Schönberg opera from 1929, From Today Until Tomorrow explores one night in a not-quite loveless marriage. A husband and wife return from a party where she has flirted with another man, while he has cast an appraising eye toward an attractive, fashionably dressed acquaintance of his wife’s. Though each dreams, briefly, of leaving the marriage for the excitement and mystery of a new lover, in the end they decide stability and comfort are more important than the fleeting thrill of new romance. Read More »

Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach AKA The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) (HD)

Jean-Marie Straub’s 1967 film of the marriage between the widower Bach and Anna Magdalena. The film has a musical structure that is very much like Bach’s own St. Matthew Passion; and Straub uses the format of Bach’s music to etch a minimalist love story of enormous richness. ” Also, includes live performances Read More »

Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Proposta in quattro parti (1985)

More material from Straub and Huillet. RAI TV capture.

Proposta 1: Accaparramento di grano Read More »

Jean-Marie Straub – Einleitung zu Arnold Schoenbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene AKA Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene (1973)

Music: Arnold Schoenberg, Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene, opus 34, 1929-1930.
Words: Schoenberg’s letters to Wassily Kandinsky (April the 20th and Mai the 4th 1923), Bertold Brecht’s speech at the “Congrès international des Intellectuels contre le fascisme”, (Paris 1935). Read More »

Jean-Marie Straub – Der Bräutigam, die Komödiantin und der Zuhälter AKA The Bridegroom, the Actress and the Pimp (1968)

A short film starring Fassbinder and some of his regular players.

From an interview with the director, Straub:

“STRAUB: I don’t believe in the cinema. Even when it’s Godard who says these things, it’s interesting and has meaning, but it gives me a stomach ache. I don’t fetishize the cinema at all. I think of it as an instrument, a tool. I could say that the deconstruction one makes in THE BRIDEGROOM, THE ACTRESS, AND THE PIMP is interesting, but the whole film is the history, the story, of a hatred and that is all. The hatred is affirmed at the beginning, in the inscription on the wall:

“Stupid old Germany. I hate it over here. I hope I can go soon.” Read More »