1969. West Germany. Werner Schroeter. 147 min.
Sunday, May 13, 2012, 3:15 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1969. West Germany. Directed by Werner Schroeter. With Carla Aulaula, Magdalena Montezuma, Gisela Trowe, Rosa von Praunheim, Rosy-Rosy, Schroeter. Schroeter’s feature debut is a restlessly and, at times, raucously experimental collage of image and sound, forging elements from opera, theater, and cinema. With pleasurable abandon, Schroeter quotes from all kinds of cultural archetypes, mixing art and kitsch, facts and myths, and high and low culture, from Biblical parables to The Song of the Nibelungs, Tosca to tango, country music to Carmen. The film culminates in a modern-day tragedy of gay lovers in Naples; as civilization lies in ruins, a hillbilly diva sings these parting thoughts: "Life is very precious, even now." New 35mm restoration from EYE Film Institute Netherlands. No dialogue. 147 min.