WILLIAM KLEIN'S THE MESSIAH
NOVEMBER 9 AND 11, 2000,
NOVEMBER 12, 2000,
$6 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS)
With his latest feature, photographer-filmmaker William Klein takes on
Handel's Messiah and has created a gorgeous, layered concert film
that mixes the sacred with the profane. Performed in its entirety, the
oratorio provides the narrative of Christ's nativity, passion, and resurrection,
against which Klein juxtaposes international images of rituals, atrocities,
and exultation. The film reveals the disparate range of worshippers (from
the Bodybuilders for Christ to a realistic passion play to babushka-wearing
women lighting candles on Easter Sunday in Moscow) and chorale groups
(from the top-notch musicians directed by baroque master Marc Minkowski
to the Lavender Light Gay & Lesbian Interracial Choir to the Dallas
police choir) who sing the libretto. 1999, France, 117 minutes.
Following the screening on Thursday, November 9, Johan van Parys, Ph.D.,
Director of Worship and the Sacred Arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary,
will lead a discussion on contemporary reinterpretation of classical arts.
THE ACQUISITION OF THIS PRINT FOR THE RUBEN COLLECTION HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE
THROUGH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE BENTSON FAMILY FUND FOR THE ACQUISITION,
CONSERVATION, AND PRESENTATION OF FILM. ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING AND PROMOTIONAL
ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE BASILICA OF SAINT MARY.