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Hello, all.  I offer the following crossposted message at the request of an
off-list colleague, Barton Byg.  If you would like more information about the
Straub-Huillet screenings, please contact him directly at [log in to unmask]
 
Thanks,
Marty Norden
 
> Please pass on to interested colleagues/friends/students in the Boston area:
>
> A rare screening of three films by Daniele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub
> will be presented at the Harvard Film Archive Friday, 18 April 1997.
>
> At 7:30 will be the U.S. premieres of CEZANNE: CONVERSATION AVEC JOACHIM
> GASQUET (France 1989), 52 min.
> and
> LOTHRINGEN! (Germany 1994), 21 minutes.
>
> Both films are in French; an English text will be provided.
>
> At 9:00 and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. is DER TOD DES EMPEDOKLES (The
> Death of Empedocles), (West Germany/France, 1987), 132 min.
> in German with English subtitles.
>
> All three films are noteworthy examples of Straub/Huillet's culturally and
> cinematically innovative confrontation of texts and landscapes. CEZANNE
> includes a reading of excerpts from the "conversations" with Gasquet,
> images of Cezanne works and contemporary France, and excerpts from the
> films MADAME BOVARY by Jean Renoir and THE DEATH OF EMPEDOCLES by
> Straub/Huillet.
>
> LOTHRINGEN! is filmed in the area around Metz, with excerpts from the
> novel COLETTE BAUDOCHE by Maurice Barres, dealing with the eviction of
> the "natives" by the "immigres," the banning of the French language in
> schools, and dreadful images of exodus. Landscapes, charted and surveyed,
> are desolate with their extinguished furnaces and rusted rails,
> paradoxically sovereign in the trembling of the leaves, the quivering of
> the grass, the grey skies, and the cries of children (from Harvard Film
> Archive program).
>
> THE DEATH OF EMPEDOCLES is a staging on locations on and near Mt. Etna of
> Friedrich Hoelderlin's drama fragment of 1798 (first version).
>
> The Friday screenings will be introduced by Barton Byg, University of
> Massachusetts, author of Landscapes of Resistance: The German Films of
> Daniele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub (California, 1995).
>
> Harvard Film Archive is in the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24
> Quincy St., Cambridge MA 02138. Tel. 617-496-6046.
 
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