<i>Liebeskonzil (The Council of Love)</i>. 1982. West Germany. Directed by Werner Schroeter. Image courtesy Filmmuseum München
  • Sex, Lear, and Schroeter

    1990. Germany. Peter Kern. 20 min.

  • Love Council

    1982. West Germany. Werner Schroeter. 94 min.

Saturday, June 2, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

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

  • Sex, Lear, and Schroeter

    1990. Germany. Directed by Peter Kern. In 1990, Werner Schroeter staged a scandalous production of King Lear at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf. Digital projection, courtesy film&kunst. In German; English subtitles. 20 min.

  • Love Council

    1982. West Germany. Directed by Werner Schroeter. With Antonio Salines, Magdalena Montezuma, Kurt Raab, Margit Carstensen. Based on a fin-de-siècle play that brought scandal to its Rabelaisian author, Oskar Panizza, Schroeter’s film adaptation was banned, in turn, a century later for fear of offending Austrian Roman Catholics. Shot at the Teatro Belli in Rome, The Council of Love incorporates scenes from Panizza’s trial and conviction in 1895 for blasphemy. The playwright’s satire of religious hypocrisy, subtitled “A Heavenly Tragedy in Five Acts,” was set in 1495, the year of the first historically recorded case of syphilis; Panizza imagined the venereal disease as divine punishment for the carnal sins of man, most shamelessly at the Renaissance court of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI. In Panizza‘s fantasy, syphilis takes the form of a beautiful temptress, spawned by the Devil and Salome, who ravages sinful human bodies so that God and the Virgin Mary might save their souls (first up, the church hierarchy…). 35 mm print; courtesy Hanns Eckelkamp. In German; English subtitles. 94 min.

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