A Straub-Huillet Companion: "Machorka-Muff"

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A Straub-Huillet Companion is a series of short essays on the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, subject of a Mubi retrospective. Straub-Huillet's Machorka-Muff (1963) is showing on Mubi from April 24 – May 23, 2019.The history of Straub-Huillet’s first three films is the history of the long-gestating project that would—as I discussed in the first entry of this series—become their third, Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968). In one form or another, they had been trying to raise funds for the project since they met in 1954. At the start of 1959, while Jean-Marie toured seven towns in the German Democratic Republic (visiting all the historical locations at which he hoped to film), the Straubs came close to making their Bach film. Huillet was in Paris, negotiating with money men for enough of a budget to make the film for the amount they both agreed was necessary. In the end, Huillet secured
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