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  • Sunday, February 19

    2 PM (100 mins)
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Antigone

featuring

Astrid Ofner, Ursula Ofner, Werner Rehm, Libgart Schwarz,

As in so many of Straub-Huillet's classical adaptations, Antigone offers multiple layers of history, time, and art: this 1991 film, shot in Sicily’s ancient Teatro di Segesta, stages Bertolt Brecht’s post-World War II adaptation of an eighteenth-century German translation (by the poet Hölderlin) of Sophocles’s ancient Greek drama Antigone, itself based on an earlier legend. Here, the film/play/tragedy’s themes of rebellion, sacrifice, and genocide echo across the timeless Teatro’s rocks, under Sicily’s eternal skies, while actors struggle against the elements to be heard. For Straub-Huillet, the ancient is always alive, whether in the winds, or the words. 

Jason Sanders
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Jean-Marie Straub
  • Danièle Huillet
Based On
  • Antigone by Bertolt Brecht

Cinematographer
  • William Lubtchansky
Language
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 100 mins
Source
  • Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York