2000. Germany. Werner Schroeter. 101 min.
Friday, June 8, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2000. Germany. Directed by Werner Schroeter. Screenplay by Monika Keppler, Schroeter. With Marianne Hoppe, Lola Müthel, Robert Wilson. After celebrating opera divas in Love's Debris, Schroeter made this love letter (warts and all…) to the indomitable German actress Marianne Hoppe (1909–2002), who appears in the film at 90 yet shows no diminishment of her force or magnetism. The Queen, with its kaleidoscopic structure, spans the breadth of Hoppe's career, which began with ingénue appearances in Max Reinhardt stage productions in the Weimar era; flourished under the Nazis in a dozen films, including a 1939 screen adaptation of Theodore Fontaine’s novel Effi Briest; and culminated in such theater productions as we see in Schroeter’s film: Heiner Müller’s Quartet, Robert Wilson’s King Lear, and Thomas Bernhardt’s Heidenplatz. 35mm print courtesy Arnold Film. In German; English subtitles. 101 min.