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Obituary: Daniele Huillet

November3rdclub.com Staff

“I shall never stop practicing philosophy and exhorting you and elucidating the truth for everyone that I meet…”
– Socrates, from Plato’s Apology 29d

On October 9, 2006 one of cinema’s greatest and most innovative film-makers left this world. Daniele Huillet, who with her husband and partner Jean-Marie Straub, made films the way Socrates made philosophy. Each one of their films was an interrogation of life and of cinema. To see a Huillet-Straub film is to be inspired by the honesty of its conception and the nakedness of its execution. Not only that, it is to see the possibilities of cinema and the possibilities to make cinema for oneself, to make life for oneself. Among the sublime masterpieces that Daniele Huillet brought to the screen are Not Reconciled or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules, The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, Moses and Aaron, Every Revolution Is a Throw of the Dice, The Death of Empedocles, Cézanne: Conversation with Joachim Gasquet, Sicilia!, and Qui loro in contri.