1976. France/West Germany. Werner Schroeter. 160 min.
Monday, May 21, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1976. France/West Germany. Directed by Werner Schroeter. With Bulle Ogier, Andréa Ferréol, Magdalena Montezuma, Udo Kier. Even by Schroeter’s exalted standards, the human body has rarely seemed so sensuous, or the human face so nuanced, as in Goldflakes, the apotheosis of his early career and a true underground film (none of the actors were paid, yet Schroeter still ended up deeply in debt). Shot in multiple languages, set in (a faked) Cuba, France, the Ruhr region and Bavaria, and structured in four acts, the film reflects on themes of fortune, destiny, and mortality. Actress Bulle Ogier later said that "the sequence in black and white was the most beautiful thing I ever did in cinema. Werner was able to unveil a kind of fragility, a delicate transparency, in me. So too with Andréa Ferréol, who was never more luscious, sexy, or Renoiresque." Digital preservation. In Spanish, French, German; English subtitles. 160 min.