Einleitung zu Arnold Schönbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene
In 1923, sensing the gathering storm of “fear, danger and catastrophe” in Germany, the composer Arnold Schoenberg wrote a devastatingly prescient and heartbreaking letter to his former friend, the painter Wassily Kandinsky. Schoenberg aligned his fate with that of all Jews, knowing they were soon to face exile or violent death. Straub-Huillet’s film, a recitation both of Schoenberg’s letter and Bertolt Brecht’s 1935 speech to the International Congress in Defense of Culture, is a fierce condemnation of anti-Semitism, German crimes against humanity and the barbaric war machine of capitalism.
DCP, b/w & color, in German with English subtitles, 15 min. DIR/SCR: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet. Based on letters by Arnold Schoenberg and a speech by Bertolt Brecht. CAST: Straub, Huillet, Günter Peter Straschek, Peter Nestler.