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
Screening
Date
June 22, 2022, 9pm
Bar Laika by e-flux
224 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
USA

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.

For more information contact laika@e-flux.com.

www.laika.bar

Category
Film, Theater
Subject
Experimental Film, Class, Love

For over four decades, the films of Danièle Huillet (1936–2006) and Jean-Marie Straub (b. 1933) have been woven into the history of modern cinema as a continuous thread. While remaining scrupulously attentive to the rhythm of the text, as well as the link between sound and image, Straub and Huillet sought to invent “an abstract-pictorial dream.” 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. All Straub-Huillet's films are political, whether directly or indirectly, critically examining capitalism and class struggle and investigating examples of concrete utopias and exploitation, and marked by irreconcilability, rebelliousness, and a gentle appearance. Huillet and Straub’s oeuvre is, when regarded today, an always fresh, exciting, and inimitable succession of films on history, painting, nature, politics, music, language, bodies, rhythms, and forms.

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