Jean-Marie Straub

  • Jean-Marie Straub – Un héritier (2011)

    Jean-Marie Straub2011-2020ArthouseFrance
    Un héritier (2011)
    Un héritier (2011)

    It is about a text pulled from the book In service to Germany, written by Barrès in 1903 on the mount Saint-Odile. With as main actor Joseph Rottner, the director will follow the tracks of the young country doctor in walk in the mount Saint-Odile, through the roads which knew Barrès, up to the forest house of Ratsamhausen and around the famous heathen, unique wall in the region. Jean-Marie Straub will play himself the role of the inhabitant of Lorraine to which the young Alsatian speaks.Read More »

  • Jean-Charles Fitoussi – Sicilia! Si gira (2001)

    Jean-Charles Fitoussi2001-2010DocumentaryFrance
    Sicilia! Si gira (2001)
    Sicilia! Si gira (2001)

    The censured novel Conversazione in Sicilia, by Elio Vittorini, published in four episodes in 1918/1939, is the basis for this account of a man returning to Sicily for a visit to his mother. This is a journey of initiation, “a voyage in fourth dimension through his infancy”, he says. Not only to re-live words, people, places, sounds, sensation, and odor of his seven years, but mainly to understand himself. He re-encounters his mother whom he has not seen for 15 years, ever since she left for the North of Italy. Through her, he attempts to glean answers to questions and facts that still trouble his memories, such as the image of his dead father. In this return, he also comes face to face with reality, corruption, and treachery, that differ from his memories as a child with a mother, lost between abstract fury and an awareness of his incapacity to comprehend the human condition.Read More »

  • Jean-Marie Straub – Corneille-Brecht (Versions A, B, C) (2009)

    Jean-Marie Straub2001-2010FranceShort Film

    In leaps of physical color and sound, Cornelia Geiser recites verses from two of Pierre Corneille’s Roman plays, Horace and Othon (“As for the school of dialectics, well Corneille is nevertheless the greatest…” said Straub), followed by a reading of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 radio play The Trial of Lucullus, a powerful recitative on war-crimes in fourteen short pieces (never broadcast; later turned into an opera by Brecht and Paul Dessau in East Germany).Read More »

  • Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Trop tôt/Trop tard AKA Too Early, Too Late (1981) (HD)

    1981-1990ArthouseDanièle HuilletDocumentaryGermanyJean-Marie Straub

    Featuring a justly infamous, even startling opening sequence with a tilted camera pointed out the window of a moving car that keeps driving and driving around a famous traffic circle (forget the name) in Paris for 10 odd minute – a continual 360 that never catches a glimpse of its axis, too perfect – TOO EARLY, TOO LATE is a singular meditation and extended visual metaphor on the theme of revolution (get it??) shot in a variety of locations and cities with a Marxist voice-over reading from famous selections on the subject. Quite unlike anything else you’ll see and while obviously not what you’d call entertainment, some of the shooting once you get outside the city is breathtakingly beautiful. Are they trying to implicate us in this collective indifference to social ills by growing absorbed in the natural beauty of the surroundings? I’m not sure, but certainly Straub/Huillet’s subtle avant-garde combo filmwork is among the most underappreciated in German and, indeed, international cinema.Read More »

  • Jean-Marie Straub – Où en êtes-vous, Jean-Marie Straub? AKA Where Are You, Jean-Marie Straub? (2016)

    Jean-Marie Straub2011-2020DocumentaryFranceShort Film

    With Where Are You, Jean-Marie Straub?, the director offers a short and personal response to a commission of the Centre Pompidou in Paris on the occasion of the 2016 retrospective dedicated to himself and Danièle Huillet.Read More »

  • Jean-Marie Straub – In omaggio all’arte italiana! (2015)

    2011-2020ItalyJean-Marie StraubShort FilmVideo Art

    Presented at the 2015 Venice Biennale, this short film by Jean-Marie Straub is a fragment of the last reel of his film History Lessons, based on Bertolt Brecht’s The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar and dedicated to the memory and materiality of cinema.Read More »

  • Jean-Marie Straub – La guerre d’Algérie! (2014)

    2011-2020CrimeFranceJean-Marie StraubShort Film

    In a single static shot a man is threatened with death at another’s gunpointRead More »

  • Jean-Marie Straub – O somma luce (2010)

    2001-2010ArthouseClassicsFranceJean-Marie Straub

    Taking the last verses of Paradise in Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, Straub extends the same didactic/exploratory tendencies he already was trying with texts by Cesare Pavese in Dalla nube alla resistenza (1979) and its sequel, Quei loro incontri (2006). Now, the meditation deals with repetition, light, and absence, using Edgar Varèse’s genius in an introduction that sets a somber tone so what comes next would be pure light and sublimation. ( More »

  • Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Europa 2005 – 27 octobre (2006)

    2001-2010Danièle HuilletItalyJean-Marie StraubPoliticsShort Film

    Europa 2005 – 27 octobre

    Shot in Clichy Sous Bois, cauldron of the suburban riots that burned the winter of 2005, and composed of two panoramic shots of the substantion where Bouna and Zyed were killed whilst being pursued by the police. There is no voiceover and only one title to be translated for entire duration of this short: :Chambre a Gaz, Chaise Electrique” or “Gas Chamber, Electric Chair”. These shots and movements are repeated five times.Read More »

Back to top button