Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub directed twenty-eight feature films in their fifty-two years of shared life and work, creating an oeuvre that is one of the most unique and uncompromising in modern cinema. Their vast filmography is as diverse as the material that served as the bases of many of their narratives, including writings by Brecht, Hölderlin, Duras, Kafka, Pavese and Vittorini, as well as music by Bach and Schoenberg. Straub and Huillet often reinterpreted forgotten or overlooked classical works, investing them with a renewed polemical relevance. Their films bring stories of class struggle and resistance to the surface, examining post-war power relations and offering a critique of capitalism throughout history and across linguistic and territorial borders. Created with intense rigor, beauty and political commitment, each of their deeply inventive films demands our full attention at every moment, presenting cinema as something both surprising and necessary.

 

Straub and Huillet’s films reflect the couple’s creativity and generosity, their solidarity with their collaborators, and their respect for language and nature. Critic Louis Séguin wrote that Straub and Huillet “belong to a non-hierarchical and frontierless clan of rebels, stateless persons and social misfits, and the challenge of their cinema matches this permanent irreducibility.”

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2023

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach
Cinéma Le Rutebeuf, Clichy
January 13, 2023

Publications

Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub: "Objectivists" in Cinema
Amsterdam University Press, 2020
Straub/Huillet
Shinwasha, 2018
L’Internationale straubienne:À propos des films
de Danièle Huillet et Jean-Marie Straub
Éditions de l’Œil / Centre Pompidou, 2016
Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet
Austrian Film Museum, 2016