Presented in collaboration with the American Repertory Theater, this ongoing series celebrates the rich history of intersection between cinema and theater by complementing the A.R.T.’s current season with screenings of significant film adaptations of related theatrical works.
March 17 (Sunday) 7 pm
Directed by Peter Weiss
Sweden 1956, 16mm, color, 9 min.
During the 1950s, painter, dramatist, and prose author Peter Weiss directed a handful of innovative but rarely screened experimental and documentary films. The Studio of Dr. Faust explores a modern—and mad—Dr.Faust who doubles as Mephisto as he dabbles in his laboratory with colors, shapes, and perhaps a little bomb, laughing at it all.
Directed by Peter Brook
United Kingdom 1966, 35mm, color, 115 min.
With Patrick Magee, Clifford Rose, Glenda Jackson
Adapted by Peter Brook from his own London stage production of Peter Weiss’s play, this dark and disturbing allegory about the cruelty and abuse inherent in political power is enacted with chilling intensity by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Eighteen years after the French Revolution, at an insane asylum in suburban Paris, the Marquis de Sade leads his fellow patients in a reenactment, for the amusement of an upper-class audience, of the murder of Jacobin luminary Marat by Girondinist Charlotte Corday. As the inmate performers spin out of control, de Sade and Marat debate politics, philosophy, and the role of the individual in society.