The lecture will focus on the last works by Straub-Huillet in cinema and theatre based on Vittorini and Pavese texts, confronting different materials about the actors and découpages preparation for the movies and exploring the relationships with other traditional forms of representation as such as the "maggio" and, going inside the medium, confronting the last developments in instruments for the moving image productions.
The essay “Artistic Encounters: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet, and Cézanne” is an investigation into Cézanne (1989), the filmmakers’ first filmic encounter with the painter. In the history of modern painting, Cézanne’s legacy is greater than any other artist. Straub-Huillet are best well-known for their transpositions of famous literary and musical texts—what was their interest in Cézanne? And how would they approach him? » read more
Too Early/Too Late shows certain aspects of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub’s work at their most radical. But what does the film show precisely? What exactly do we see, when watching those “panoramas” of the French and Egyptian cities and countryside around 1980? What we hear may give us clues: something about history is at stake here. So the question could be: when we are looking at a landscape, what do we see of its history? » read more