Moses and Aaron (#GivingTuesday Free Screening)

NR, 107 minutes

From our Brilliant Corners series focused on experimental & marginalized cinema, this is a one-time free #GivingTuesday screening with a suggested donation of $10.

Introduction by Dora Valkanova (UIUC, Cinema and Media Studies)

Moses and Aaron finds Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, through their exemplary craft, transforming a familiar Biblical tale into a borderline-surreal cinematic opera of seemingly endless possibility. In expressive, melodic tones, the fraternal pair debate God’s true message and intent for His creations, a conflict that leads their followers — in extravagantly choreographed song and dance — towards chaos and sin. Set almost entirely within a Roman amphitheater whose history lends every precise line-reading and gesture, every startling camera move and cut, a totalizing force, Straub-Huillet’s adaptation of Schoenberg’s unfinished opera opens us to the stimulating worldview of a filmmaking duo whose masterful efforts are finally coming to light. A new 2K restoration. (1973, Straub-Huillet, France, 107 min, NR, German with English subtitles)

“An immensely moving, even thrilling work. One of the monuments of 20th-century cinematic modernism.” — Dave Kehr, The New York Times

“Exemplary cinematic artists… The stark images are as passionate and engaging, profound and beautiful as the complex music to which they insightfully respond.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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