Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet: The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp

Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet: The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp

Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet: The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp
June 22, 2022, 9pm
Bar Laika by e-flux
224 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Bar Laika is very pleased to present Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet's The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp (1968, 23 minutes), taking place on Wednesday, June 22, 9pm as part of its weekly film screenings. 

Love is a tawdry transaction, and a coercive weapon of the ruling class in this exhilarating, controversial product of the Munich Action-Theater—an immediate forerunner to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Anti-Theater productions of the late 1960s. Invoking the writings of Chairman Mao and the events of Paris 1968, Straub and Huillet cast Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla, and Peer Raben (who would soon become regulars of the Fassbinder acting ensemble) along with Fassbinder himself in this radical condensation of Ferdinand Bruckner’s 1926 play Pains of Youth, a single 11-minute shot that is subsumed within an intricately structured, 12-shot constellation of other quotations, including poetry by Saint John of the Cross and musical passages from Bach’s Ascension Oratorio. New Digital Restoration.

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Film, Theater
Experimental Film, Class, Love

For over four decades, the films of Danièle Huillet (1936–2006) and Jean-Marie Straub (1933-2022) have been woven into the history of modern cinema as a continuous thread. While both were French, they worked mostly in Germany and Italy, and made two dozen films between 1963 and 2006. Their films, often adapted from theatrical or literary works, are distinguished by their deliberate use of Brechtian distancing techniques and strong Marxist political overtones. Aesthetically their work has been described as austere with minimal camera movements, long takes, simple, stark settings and restrained acting performances. Rare documents of aesthetic and political resistance to the world’s conditions, their works are characteristic of a great lyrical beauty and radical social formulas. when regarded today, Huillet and Straub’s oeuvre is an always fresh, exciting, and inimitable succession of films on history, painting, nature, politics, music, language, bodies, rhythms, and forms.

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