From the Cloud to the Resistance
(Dalla nube alla resistenza)
Olimpia Carlisi, Guido Lombardi, Gino Felici, Mauro Monni,
Two key texts by the great Italian poet/novelist Cesare Pavese form the backdrop of Straub and Huillet’s 1979 interrogation of the two sides of art (and life), that of the yearning for the gods in the clouds above, and the (almost immediate) resistance to that very thought. In one section, various gods fallen to this dusty earth debate humankind’s foibles; in another, survivors of the bloody antifascist partisan movement recall their sacrifice. For Straub-Huillet, actors, setting, and texts are of similar importance, to “show the relationship of texts to areas and landscapes, and to the people who live there.”
Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet, France, 1982
Shot in bleak black-and-white and scripted by Marguerite Duras, this gleeful comedy stars little Olivier Straub.