May 24, 2017

Moses and Aron

Straub-Huillet filmed Arnold Schoenberg’s unfinished opera in an ancient Roman amphitheater. In addition to a mesmerizing musical production, the filmmakers offer rigorous consideration and questioning of Biblical and archeological history, particularly with respect to the collective memory—passed down and transcribed over hundreds of years, however inaccurately—of the Egyptian enslavement of the Hebrews and the Exodus. The feature will be preceded by Machorka-Muff (1962, 35mm, 18 min.), a surreal adaptation of a Heinrich Böll story set in postwar Germany.