<i>Tag der Idioten (Day of the Idiots)</i>. 1981. West Germany. Directed by Werner Schroeter. Image courtesy Filmmuseum München
  • Day of the Idiots

    1981. West Germany. Werner Schroeter. 107 min.

Friday, June 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Day of the Idiots

    1981. West Germany. Directed by Werner Schroeter. Screenplay by Dana Horaková, Schroeter. With Carole Bouquet, Ingrid Caven, Christine Kaufman. The madness that pervades Schroeter’s work takes center stage in this portrait of a woman who experiences psychic disintegration and ends up in a mental institution. Made in a climate of fear and paranoia, as West Germans found themselves caught between Red Army Faction terrorism and their own government’s brutally authoritarian response, Day of the Idiots represented Schroeter’s cry against all forms of repression, whether political, sexual, or patriarchal. In his operatic fantasia, psychosis is transformed into a radical creative act, and the asylum becomes the only place in society where women are permitted to express physical and emotional abandon. Of Carole Bouquet, who previously starred in Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire and Bertrand Blier’s Buffet froid, Schroeter wrote that “her bitter voice, her petrified face, fascinated me.” 35 mm print; courtesy the Goethe-Institut. In German; English subtitles. 107 min.

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