1996. Germany/France/Great Britain. Werner Schroeter. 130 min.
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1996. Germany/France/Great Britain. Directed by Werner Schroeter. With Anita Cerquetti, Martha Mödl, Rita Gorr, Isabelle Huppert, Carole Bouquet. A feast for opera mavens, Love's Debris is a passionate meditation on aging and artistry, and on a question posed by Roland Barthes: “Why and how do singers find their emotions in their voices?'' Schroeter gathers his favorite opera singers, including the Italian soprano Anita Cerquetti, the German mezzo-soprano Martha Mödl, and the Belgian mezzo-soprano Rita Gorr at the magnificent 13th-century Abbey of Royaumont to perform Romantic and verismo arias by Beethoven, Puccini, Verdi, and Bizet, and Modernist pieces by Berg and Weill. Particularly luminous and poignant are the scenes with Cerquetti, who abandoned the stage at the height of her career, as she listens to a recording of her younger self singing the “Casta Diva” from Bellini’s Norma, and the 80-year-old Mödl as she performs “Je crains de lui parler la nuit,” the Grétry melody that Tchaikovsky quoted in The Queen of Spades. 35mm archival print. In French, German, English, Italian; English subtitles. 130 min.