The Stubborn, Enduring Vision of Jean-Marie Straub

Jean-Marie Straub, one of the great filmmakers of the French New Wave and one of the most secretly powerful influences in the modern cinema, died on Sunday, at the age of eighty-nine, in Rolle, Switzerland. (Rolle is the same small town where Jean-Luc Godard, who died in September, lived since the nineteen-seventies.) Straub’s work and his life illuminated the very idea of what it meant to be a part of the French New Wave, even at some geographical distance; he both created and personified a passionate, radical critique of the world of movies and of the world at large. He’s one of the least known of great filmmakers—he never had a hit or sought one. Yet he was one of the most original filmmakers of his time, a sort of Marxist Éric Rohmer, a word-centered director whose style is instantly recognizable and whose methods are as distinctive as his films. His influence on the present-day art film is as subtle as it is deep and widespread.

Straub was born in Metz, in 1933—which is to say,…

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