Jean-Marie Straub & Daniele Huillet: Selected Works
From the Cloud to the Resistance
Dir. Jean-Marie Straub & Daniele Huillet, Italy, 1979, DCP, 105 min., Italian w/ English subtitles
Straub and Huillet’s From the Cloud to the Resistance bridges history and myth, and modernity and antiquity. Based on six mythological encounters in Cesar Pavese’s Dialogues with Leucò, and on Pavese’s last novel, The Moon and the Bonfires, about the savage murders of Italian anti-Fascist resistance fighters during World War II, the film has affinities with History Lessons, Too Early/Too Late, and a series of films of the 2000s in which they returned to Pavese’s Dialogues.
Europa 2005, 27 Octobre (Europa 2005, 27 October)
Dir. Jean-Marie Straub & Daniele Huillet, France, 2005, video, 10 min., French w/ English subtitles
On October 27, 2005, in the Parisian suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, two teenage boys of Mauritanian and Tunisian origin, Bouna Traoré and Zyed Benna, were electrocuted as they fled the police. Their deaths sparked nearly three weeks of riots across France. In five camera pans, amid birdsong and a dog’s menacing bark, Straub and Huillet document the dead-end location of this tragedy. Commissioned for Italian television on the centenary of Roberto Rossellini’s birth, the couple’s final collaboration is their imaginative response to the neorealist filmmaker’s Europa ’51 (1952).
- by Joshua Siegel, Museum of Modern Art