Werner Schroeter

Werner Schroeter/Elfi Mikesch:
A Voice That Lingers

“Schroeter’s flair for lush visuals and heightened emotions introduced an operatic sensibility to the New German Cinema movement.” — Dave Kehr, The New York Times

U.S. premiere
Film/Video–Jack H. Skirball Series

Werner Schroeter (1945–2010) created one of the most significant oeuvres of the New German Cinema, a legacy of more than 20 visually and aurally stunning features, among them Willow Springs (1973), Palermo oder Wolfsburg (1980), Malina (1991), and Deux (2002). His intimate collaborations with divas such as Magdalena Montezuma, Candy Darling, Ingrid Caven, Maria Callas, and Isabelle Huppert go beyond mere camp: Schroeter’s protagonists exhaust themselves in music, melodrama, or visual excess to express consuming passions. When love is gone and death has come, he once said, “the expression remains, like a quake, a shivering sensation.” Schroeter had shot most of his earlier films, but, beginning with Der Rosenkönig (1986), experimental filmmaker Elfi Mikesch became his regular DP, and she went on to accumulate extensive footage on his work and, in particular, the last four years of his life. This two-night program includes the U.S. debut of Mikesch’s insightful, affectionate documentary Mondo Lux – Die Bilderwelten Des Werner Schroeter (2011, “Mondo Lux – The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter”) and a selection of Schroeter’s work, including Deux (2002), starring Isabelle Huppert in a dual role, and the cult film Der Tod der Maria Malibran (1972, “The Death of Maria Malibran”), one of Michel Foucault’s favorites.



FRI OCT 14 | 8:30 PM
Werner Schroeter: Der Tod der Maria Malibran (The Death of Maria Malibran, 1972, 16mm, 104 min) plus a surprise film!

Elfi Mikesch: Mondo Lux—Die Bilderwelten Des Werner Schroeter (Mondo Lux—The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter, 2011, HDCAM, 97 min.), followed by Werner Schroeter: Deux (2002, 35mm, 121 min).


Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles as well as of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Los Angeles Film and Television Office of the French Embassy.

The Jack H. Skirball Series is supported in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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FRI 10/14
8:30 pm
SAT 10/15
6:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff