Moses and Aaron (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Moses and Aaron (1975)




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Moses and Aaron finds Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, through their exemplary craft, transforming a familiar Biblical tale into a borderline-surreal cinematic opera of seemingly endless possibility. In expressive, melodic tones, the fraternal pair debate God's true message and intent for His creations, a conflict that leads their followers - in extravagantly choreographed song and dance - towards chaos and sin. Set almost entirely within a Roman amphitheater whose history lends every precise line-reading and gesture, every startling camera move and cut, a totalizing force, Straub-Huillet's adaptation of Schoenberg's unfinished opera opens us to the stimulating worldview of a filmmaking duo whose masterful efforts are finally coming to light. A new 2K restoration.

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Roger Lucas
as Young Man
Eva Csapo
as Young Woman
Richard Salter
as Other Man
Friedl Obrowsky
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Critic Reviews for Moses and Aaron

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Straub and Huillet's investigation of the medium is an important experience for anyone interested in the way film represents reality-or fails to.

August 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The stark images are as passionate and engaging, profound and beautiful as the complex music to which they insightfully respond.

May 2, 2016 | Full Review…

This is something akin to counter-opera, which takes the fundamental signifiers and repurposes them in revolutionary ways. What this begets is both alienating and enlightening.

April 22, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The film scrapes away the reverential patina surrounding religious subject matter to reveal contemporary urgency.

April 12, 2018 | Full Review…

This is great cinema.

March 7, 2012 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

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