You are here

schedule

  • Sunday, February 26

    1:30 PM (120 mins)
    BAMPFA

    Buy Tickets

Moses and Aaron

(Moses und Aaron)

  • Introduction

    Erik Ulman, a composer and lecturer in music at Stanford University, writes on music, poetry, and film; he codirects, with Marcia Scott, the arts organization Poto.

featuring

Gunter Reich, Louis Devos, Roger Lucas,

Acclaimed as one of the best opera films ever made, this adaptation of Schoenberg’s 1930’s opus represented a labor of love for Straub-Huillet, taking over fifteen years to fund. A camera, a landscape (the Roman Alba Fucense amphitheater), and direct sound recording is all they need to portray the sweeping tale of Biblical belief and punishment, and its framing of the eternal battle between idea and form. A film adaptation simultaneously “minimal” and completely, overwhelmingly rich in ideas and emotion, Moses and Aaron “is a film in which every cut, every framing, every camera movement counts for so much” (New Yorker Films).

Jason Sanders
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Jean-Marie Straub
  • Danièle Huillet
Based On
  • the opera by Arnold Schoenberg

Cinematographer
  • Ugo Piccone
Language
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 105 mins
Source
  • Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
Additional Info
  • With the cast of the 1974 Philips recording
Preceded By

Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene”
(Einleitung zu Arnold Schönbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene)

Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet, West Germany, 1972

Reading of composer Schoenberg’s 1923 prescient letter decrying the gathering fascist storm of his native Germany.

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 15 mins
source
  • Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York