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Mondo Lux: The Visual Universe of Werner Schroeter (DVD) (*)

Original Title: Mondo Lux - Die Bilderwelten des Werner Schroeter
Screened, competed or awarded at:
Berlin International Film Festival
Montreal World Film Festival
Venice Film Festival

Language Selections:
English ( Subtitles )
French ( Subtitles )
German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 )
German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 )
Italian ( Subtitles )

Product Origin/Format:
Germany ( PAL/NTSC/Region 0 )

Running Time:
97 min + 70 min extras

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen (1.78:1)

Special Features:
Interactive Menu
Scene Access

Movie filmed in 2011 and produced in:
Germany ( Germany, Central Europe )

Directed By:
Elfi Mikesch

Written By:
Elfi Mikesch

Werner Schroeter ..... Himself
Isabelle Huppert ..... Herself
Wim Wenders ..... Himself
Monika Keppler ..... Herself
Wolf Wondratschek ..... Himself
Alberte Barsacq ..... Herself
Peter Kern ..... Himself
Ingrid Caven ..... Herself
Oleg Zhukov ..... Himself
Paulo Branco ..... Himself
Digne Meller Markovicz ..... Herself
Juliane Lorenz ..... Herself
Christian Holzfuß ..... Himself
Dörte Lyssewski ..... Herself
Anne Ratte-Polle ..... Herself

Werner Schroeter's friend and collaborator Elfi Mikesch crafts a love letter to the charismatic helmer and his working style with "Mondo Lux." Following Schroeter's 2006 cancer diagnosis, Mikesch knew she needed to record his working methods and capture his distinctive views on creativity, discussed here with unflagging energy and a deep artistic engagement, notwithstanding his skeletal mien; Schroeter died in 2010. Though often engrossing, the docu's piecemeal nature, heavy on scenes from a stage rehearsal, is unlikely to attract auds unfamiliar with Schroeter's eccentric vision. Fests and satcasters will benefit most.

There was always something fin-de-siecle about Schroeter's work, deeply influenced by opera and the way it exposed raw emotions through distinctly artificial devices. His films and stage productions frequently revolved around Eros and Thanatos, and while Mikesch doesn't try to psychoanalyze her friend, Schroeter's mention of the suicides of both his beloved grandmother and his first love go some way toward helping the viewer understand the prominence he gave death in his works throughout the decades. His playful rapport with former lover Rosa von Praunheim reveals a humor not always apparent in his later films, and Isabelle Huppert's warm recollections further the sense of a generous artist who made lasting friendships. While his youthful personal theatricality mellowed with time, he maintained a deep appreciation for the impact of artificiality, arguing that artists have to distance themselves from the real world in order to create a new reality. There's a hint of bitterness in his voice when he says France accepted him as an important artist, but Germany saw him merely as an offbeat, fringe director.

Mikesch's decision to concentrate mostly on the helmer's highly productive years allows auds to get an intimate feel for his working methods, but she piles up scenes of Schroeter rehearsing the play "Antigone/Elektra," all far too similar in feel. Meanwhile, discussions held during the installation of an exhibition of his photographs elicit reminiscences that could easily have been expanded upon.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 05 December, 2011.


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