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Moses and Aaron; and From Today Until Tomorrow

January 7, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Not Reconciled: The Cinema of Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet”

Moses and Aaron (Austria/West Germany/France/Italy, 1974)
(Moses und Aron)

Directed by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet

Straub-Huillet filmed Schoenberg’s unfinished opera in the Roman amphitheater of Alba Fucense. Taking nearly 15 years to finance, Moses and Aaron was based on their rigorous consideration and questioning of Biblical and archeological history, particularly with respect to the collective memory — passed down and transcribed over hundreds of years, however inaccurately — of the Egyptian enslavement of the Hebrews and the Exodus. Straub-Huillet’s concern is with the myth of human progress, and the transition from polytheism to monotheism. Lost in the process, they suggest, was a kind of tenderness and rootedness in nature, a traumatic absence into which a new kind of violence was born.

DIR/SCR: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet. Based on the book by Arnold Schoenberg. CAST: Günter Reich, Louis Devos, Austrian Radio Choir, Austria Radio Symphony Orchestra

DCP, color, in German with English subtitles, 105 min.

Followed by:

From Today Until Tomorrow (Germany/France, 1996)
(Von heute auf morgen)
Directed by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet

Schoenberg’s rarely performed one-act opera, a withering portrait of a suffocating bourgeois marriage, gets the Weimar treatment in Straub-Huillet’s staged film. As the husband retreats into impotent sexual fantasy and his wife into aching loneliness — shades of Erich von Stroheim and Jacques Rivet — they are plunged into a mise en abyme of jagged atonal music and slashing crepuscular light.

DIR/SCR: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet. Based on Von Heute auf Morgen by Arnold and Gertrud Schoenberg (as Max Blonda). CAST: Richard Salter, Christine Whittlesey, Claudia Barainsky, Ryszard Karczykowski

35mm, b/w, in German with English subtitles, 62 min.

Preceded by:

Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene” (West Germany, 1972)
(Einleitung zu Arnold Schönbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene)
Directed by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet

In 1923, sensing the gathering storm of “fear, danger and catastrophe” in Germany, the composer Arnold Schoenberg wrote a devastatingly prescient and heartbreaking letter to his former friend, the painter Wassily Kandinsky. Schoenberg aligned his fate with that of all Jews, knowing they were soon to face exile or violent death. Straub-Huillet’s film, a recitation both of Schoenberg’s letter and Bertolt Brecht’s 1935 speech to the International Congress in Defense of Culture, is a fierce condemnation of anti-Semitism, German crimes against humanity and the barbaric war machine of capitalism.

DIR/SCR: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet. Based on letters by Arnold Schoenberg and a speech by Bertolt Brecht. CAST: Straub, Huillet, Günter Peter Straschek, Peter Nestler

DCP, b/w & color, in German with English subtitles, 15 min.

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.



January 7, 2017
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States