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Der Tod der Maria Malibran

Werner Schroeter West Germany, 1972

Rafael Zen's rating of the film The Death of Maria Malibran

This is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life. Schroeter makes me sad from being such a genius: he builds scenes like a poet - everything here is well executed, well placed and provoking: I just admire how he flerts with kitsch and tacky, and at the end he never actually is. In my opinion, this is what the art of cinema is made for.