Schubert and The Long 19th Century Film Series
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) has long been among the most revered and influential composers in the Western tradition. In a fashion unprecedented in history, the music that made him world famous came to light only decades after his death at age 31.
In anticipation of the Bard Music Festival’s exploration of the world of Franz Schubert, the 2014 SummerScape Film Series at the Bard Fischer Center investigates the many ways in which Schubert’s music and early Romanticism have influenced international cinema.
Some films make explicit use of particular pieces—ranging from the nuanced use of “Heidenröslein” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat to Michael Haneke’s modernist treatment of the Winterreise song cycle and Roman Polanski’s psychologically charged repetition of the string quartet Death and the Maiden in his film of the same name. Others reflect more generally upon the lingering effect of ideas and sensibilities rooted in the period marked by Schubert’s brief life.
Schubert’s biography is shrouded in myth and mystery, and his character and personality remain elusive. The image of Schubert as a shy, obscure, lovelorn man of the people, who wrote magical melodies in taverns, surrounded by cheerful friends, was cherished by audiences in the late-19th century and triumphantly exploited by 20th-century Hollywood … before being debunked in Fritz Lehner’s film biography Notturno (1986), which takes a grim look at the darker side of the legendary composer.
To commemorate the centenary of the July Crisis in 1914, the Festival also includes a series of films exploring the origins and meanings of the First World War.
Although we catch the series mid-stream (apologies for this), it is still worth highlighting the remaining screenings for you as the use of music in film is always fascinating … as well as the time period.
- A Farewell to Arms — Frank Borzage (1932) Thursday, July 24th
- Paths of Glory — Stanley Kubrick (1957) Sunday, July 27th
- Fitzcarraldo — Werner Herzog (1982) Thursday July 31st
- From Mayerling to Sarajevo — Max Ophuls (1940) Sunday, August 3rd
- Werther — Max Ophuls, 1938 Sunday, August 3rd
Note: These screenings takes place in the Ottaway Film Center in the The Avery Arts complex on The Bard College Campus.
Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 at 1:30 pm
Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 at 4:30 pm
Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 24th 2014 at 1:30 pm
Thursday, July 24th 2014 at 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 24th 2014 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 24th 2014 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, July 24th 2014 at 8:00 pm
Friday, July 25th 2014 at 10:00 am
Friday, July 25th 2014 at 1:30 pm
Friday, July 25th 2014 at 4:30 pm
Friday, July 25th 2014 at 7:00 pm
Friday, July 25th 2014 at 7:30 pm
Friday, July 25th 2014 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 26th 2014 at 1:30 pm