Films byTexts by Jean-Marie Straub
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Straub, who devoted his life to the voicing of German, French, Italian, and English words (and their relationship to place), must be a fellow traveller. One cannot induce divine or communist photosynthesis, but one can put words into motion. Modestly and with maximum attention, this is what Passerone and Straub do with these verses. For a few minutes they dwell on the supreme moment of illumination, asking us to match the concentration of the poet and of the speaker.

Le genou d’Artemide
Jean-Marie Straub, 2008, 26’

For Le genou d’Artemide, Jean-Marie Straub once again chose a dialogue by Cesare Pavese. And not just any dialogue, but one that tears open a painful, mystical abyss between love and the one left behind.

Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, 1989, 42’

In Schwarze Sünde, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub return to Friedrich Hölderlin's Empedocles and the Etna. It is a dark political text and the characters that have remained walk on black ashes like ghosts of another world. It is a text of farewell and remembrance.

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Starting from 18 January, independent cinephile label Capricci is launching a new retrospective of 10 restored films by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet for distribution in French theatres.


Kino Slang, the film blog of Andy Rector, is currently showing Jean-Marie Straub’s CORNEILLE–BRECHT as part of its online quarantine series. 

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Wat zo kenmerkend is aan Straub-Huillets cinema als materie-vormverbinding is dat het politieke cinema is – niet als een genre, maar in de specifieke manier van begrijpen verbonden aan Straub-Huillets opvatting en manier van werken van cinema. “Er is geen politieke cinema zonder moraal, er is geen politieke cinema zonder theologie, er is geen politieke cinema zonder mystiek.”

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What is distinctive about Straub-Huillet’s film as a matter-form compound is that it is a political film – not as a genre, but in a peculiar understanding that amounts to Straub-Huillet’s conception and operation of cinema. “There is no political film without morality, there is no political film without theology, there is no political film without mysticism.”

Jean-Marie Straub, 2014, 70’

« Ce retour sur l’œuvre passée n’est en rien un repli sur soi, il témoigne au contraire d’une persévérance. »