Liebeskonzil

(1982)
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Oskar Panizza’s The Council of Love (1895) is a blasphemous play set in 1495, during the first recorded outbreak of syphilis, which Panizza satirically presents as the punishment from Satan for sexually active humans. As a result, Panizza was imprisoned for obscenity. Schroeter alternates scenes from the Panizza’s work with a dramatization of his trial, presenting the play as an expressionist spectacle performed by actors wearing exaggerated makeup who gesture and grimace grotesquely. The film thus forms a bridge between Schroeter’s use of tableaux in his early experiments with the political urgency of his 1980s films. On the eve of the AIDS crisis, Schroeter is presciently worried about disease as an excuse for governmental repression and the oppression of sexuality. - Harvard Film Archive

  1. Werner Schroeter

    Director

  2. Roberto Lerici

    Screenplay

  3. Horst Alexander

    Screenplay

  4. Dietrich Kuhlbrodt

    Screenplay

  5. Oskar Panizza

    Writer

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  1. Magdalena Montezuma

    Magdalena Montezuma

    Doppelzeugin

  2. Kurt Raab

    Kurt Raab

    Gerichtspräsident

  3. Margit Carstensen

    Margit Carstensen

    Staatsanwältin

  4. Heinrich Giskes

    Heinrich Giskes

    Verteidiger

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  • March 12, 1982
    Theatrical

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Original Language German

Runtime 1h 32m

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