Kino Slang, the film blog of Andy Rector, is currently showing Jean-Marie Straub’s CORNEILLE–BRECHT as part of its online quarantine series. The three-part movie, of which Straub said that “maybe it’s not even a movie,” shows a woman reciting verses from two of Pierre Corneille’s Roman plays, Horace and Othon, followed by a reading of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 radio play The Trial of Lucullus. By looking back at these texts from his small Parisian apartment in 2009, Straub unveils their intertextual meanings and makes them resonate with the present.
It is the premiere release of a new 1080 copy of CORNEILLE-BRECHT from the original source material. The movie will be available for viewing at Kino Slang until May 10, 2022.