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Workers, Peasants

Operai, contadini

Italy, Germany, 2001
A Straub-Huillet Retrospective


Amateur actors from the regional Buti theater, many of them ordinary laborers and farmers, recite passages from a novella which centers on a group of workers who rebuild their lives in the the aftermath of the Second World War.

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A profound example of the unusual collaboration between Straub-Huillet and an amateur Italian theater in Buti, and a bracing adaptation of Elio Vittorini’s writing, which the duo had previously adapted with Sicilia! People, landscape, history, and storytelling merge and confront us powerfully.

Workers, Peasants Directed by Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub Watch now
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