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From the Cloud to the Resistance

Dalla nube alla resistenza

Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle HuilletItaly105 minutes1978PGColourItalian

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Apr 1
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Once again tackling the subject of the struggle between gods and men and the connections between the ancient and contemporary worlds, Straub-Huillet intersperse scenes from Greek mythology with a tale of peasant revolt in an Italian village after the Liberation.

Once again tackling the subject of the struggle between gods and men and the connections between the ancient and contemporary worlds, Straub-Huillet intersperse scenes from Greek mythology with a tale of peasant revolt in an Italian village after the Liberation. Based on a text by Cesare Pavese (of which Godard was also fond: he employs it in Histoire(s) du cinéma), From the Cloud to the Resistance typically combines past and present to explore the unfortunate continuities of history. "Straub and Huillet expand their concerns with dazzling scope and beauty.... From the first shots of a goddess seated in a tree, through a long debate between mythological characters, to the exploration of a village's Fascist past, the film constantly startles by its imaginative and historical leaps.... A work of provocation which strips ornament and leaves essences, and whose integrity gives it a distinct sense of the sublime" (Time Out).

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