Gods of Screen


This year we shall be continuing our collaboration – already a tradition – with the Salzburger Filmkulturzentrum’s DAS KINO programme.
This time, we will be exploring aspects of selected figures inspired by our theme, the gods of Greece, on film. In 1977, Michael Cacoyannis, whose 1964 film of the novel Alexis Sorbas had catapulted him to world fame, produced an adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia with Tatiana Papamoschou and Irene Papas in the leading roles; in 1949, Jean Cocteau transported the ancient legend of Orpheus to the present, with Jean Marais cast as the young poet. In 1969, the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini was able to engage Maria Callas for his film Medea in the title role, and used the ancient Greek myth to illustrate the clash of two cultures whose incompatibility ends in a bloody tragedy. The oldest of the films we have selected dates from 1935: with the American comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Max Reinhardt produced his only Hollywood film, which was also one of his last works as a director. Banned during the National Socialist period, this splendidly designed adaptation of Shakespeare’s amorous classic, which also features many a technical sleight of hand, came to Germany only in 1962.

Further information will be announced at a later date.

Scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream, © Salzburger Marionettentheater