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Werner Schroeter: The Death of Maria Malibran at Close-Up Film Center

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Time 19:30
Date 11/12/17
Price Free

A delirious, ecstatic, sublime, and endlessly strange biography of the doomed nineteenth-century mezzo-soprano.

Schroeters’ most celebrated film is series of tableaux depicting the life of the 19th century opera singer who supposedly died as a result of her overexertion on stage. Rich with literary and opera citations, exuding pure physicality, a mosaic of human expressions and gestures, juxtaposing operatic excess with kitschy pop music, scenes of pastiche Romanticism, and slapstick violence, the film remains a testament to the subversive potential of film as art.