Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub Film Retrospective  

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Cézanne + A Visit to the Louvre

The diptych on Cezanne might be some of the most radical films that Straub/Huillet made, in terms of their composition and the voice-work. And I sometimes think that Straub/Huillet attraction to Cezanne was not only because of his aesthetics: like the painter, whose opinions were documented by Gasquet, Straub/Huillet were also known for raising strong and critical opinions on aesthetics (and politics). (Egidijus Mardosas)


Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Screenplay: Joachim Gasquet
Cinematography: Henri Alekan
Sound: Louis Hochet, Georges Vaglio
Producer: Musée d’Orsay, SEPT, Diagonale, Jean-Marie Straub, Daniele Huillet
Production: Straub-Huillet, Le Musée d'Orsay, La Sept, Diagonale
France, 1989, 52 min.

French poet Joachim Gasquet in his youth befriended Paul Cézanne, and later published Cézanne’s reflections on his life, his art and on other artists in the form of dialogues. In Cézanne, Straub and Huillet combine the passages from the dialogues with the scenes from Jean Renoir’s film Madame Bovary (1933), their own film The Death of Empedocles (1987), and photographs of Cézanne. The film was shot in part in Mont Sainte-Victoire, painted several times by Cézanne: “Look at this mountain—it was once fire.”

A Visit to the Louvre

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Screenplay: Joachim Gasquet
Cinematography: Renato Berta, William Lubtchansky
Editing: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Sound: Gérard De Lagarde, Jean-Pierre Duret, Christophe Gagnot, Dimitri Haulet, Jean-Pierre Laforce
Producer: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, Christophe Gougeon
Production: Straub-Huillet Films, Atopic films, Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC)
Germany, Italy, 2004, 48 min.

After more than a decade Straub and Huillet return to Gasquet’s recollections with A Visit to the Louvre. Cézanne and Gasquet visited the Louvre regularly, discussing loved and hated paintings and sculptures. By focusing attentively on only few works of art, the film also serves as a critique of the way art is exhibited and looked at in museums.



Film sessions

09.24 Sunday
  • Skalvija (Vilnius) 13:10 Presentation

09.27 Wednesday
  • Skalvija (Vilnius) 17:00 Presentation