Opera, theater, and film director Werner Schroeter (1945–2010) resists easy classification. Linked with the new German cinema—the rebellious group of directors who hoped to revitalize postwar film culture—Schroeter's edgy romanticism and fondness for high camp kept him on the margins. He worked with an extraordinary range of actors (Isabelle Huppert, Bulle Ogier, Carole Bouquet, and Magdalena Montezuma, his muse.) "What Schroeter does with a face, a cheekbone, lips, the expression of the eyes. . . is a multiplying and burgeoning of the body, an exultation"—Michel Foucault. These two early features reveal a deep affection for the south of Italy—Schroeter had once been a student in Naples and knew the region's lore. With thanks to the Munich Film Museum and the Goethe-Institut in Washington.
Event begins at 4:30PM