"Moses and Aaron"
Directed by Jean-Marie Straub/Daniele Huillet
minimalist, Brechtian, and materialist, the filmic output of Jean-Marie
Straub and wife Daniele Huillet is not so much fictional storytelling but a
series of beautiful, elliptical, clever, and austere visions composed on
almost musical terms. Moses und Aron, a relentless reinterpretation
of Arnold Schoenberg's already modernist opera about the life of Moses and
the Ten Commandments, is no exception to the filmmakers' aesthetic rules.
German with optional English subtitles.