February 28 – March 5

Patrice Chéreau, who passed away last October at the age of 68, was a rare kind of Renaissance man: a director who applied his progressive social ideals, unique visual sensibility, and close communion with actors equally to film, theater and opera. For the stage, he directed daring, revisionist adaptations of Marivaux, Racine and Labiche. His visionary opera productions included the first complete three-act staging of Alan Berg’s Lulu, a shattering take on Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, and the legendary Bayreuth re-interpretation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Yet Chéreau was also a major, prolific post-New Wave filmmaker whose body of work spanned over 30 years. What unites his extraordinarily diverse films—and aligns them with his theater and opera works—is the director’s interest in the irrational and instinctive side of human motivation, his commitment to victims of economic exploitation and abuses of power, and his fascination with the transforming effects of passion.

Read more about Patrice Chéreau over at Film Comment.

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