Werner Schroeter: Magnificent Obsessions film program

Event has passed (Wed Feb 13, 2013 - Sat Feb 23, 2013)
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
$5.50 - $9.50


Wednesday, February 13, 2013
7:00 p.m. The Smiling Star
Werner Schroeter (West Germany, 1983). Schroeter’s trip to the notorious Manila International Film Festival (dominated by Imelda Marcos) resulted in this “kaleidescope of a ravaged country.” “A work beyond categorization, more a weave or flow of different beauties that lie therein” (Cinema Scope). (108 mins)

Sunday, February 17, 2013
5:30 p.m. Eika Katappa
Werner Schroeter (Germany, 1969). Archival print! Schroeter’s dizzying first feature is a series of vignettes and songs assembled into a nine-part musical/camp format, by turns operatic, balletic, melodramatic, hilarious, and haunting. “This two-and-a-half hour funkfest is some kind of great movie” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice).

Saturday, February 23, 2013
6:00 p.m. The Kingdom of Naples
Werner Schroeter (West Germany, 1978). This postwar chronicle of Naples is played out through one family’s sufferings, successes, and madness in Schroeter’s paean to that city’s great beauty, and great ruins. Schroeter’s most straightforward (almost) film is opera filtered through neorealism, both hallucinatory and socially profound. (132 min