The next screening is a fine example of UFA’s (German Universum-Film AG) early sound films – Reinhold Schϋnzel’s star-studded musical based on plays by Heinrich von Kleist, Moliere and Titus M. Plautus
AMPHITRYON – AUS DEN WOLKEN KOMMT DAS GLÜCK(AMPHITRYON – HAPPINESS FROM THE CLOUDS)
(Germany, 1935, 105 min, dir. , starring Willy Fritsch, Adele Sandrock, English subtitles)
DATE: 10 October 2011
TIME: 5 p.m.
VENUE: Howard Coll., MTB West Wing, 1st floor, German Progr., Media Room F251
This German musical epic is based on Greek mythology and centers upon the tale of Alcmene who yearns for her husband who has gone to fight a war. The trouble begins when Jupiter is smitten by her mortal beauty and comes down to Earth in human form to seduce her. Though strongly tempted, she remains steadfast to her husband when the god drinks too much liquor and ends up unconscious and unable to have her. Suddenly Juno, his wife, angrily descends and drags her wayward spouse back to Olympus.
This subversive, ambiguous comedy of mistaken identities was made at a time in which it had long since become risky to attack authority, be it heavenly or worldly, using the instruments of parody and satire.
For further details please contact:
Dr. Marion Pape
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Language, Literature & Linguistics
TEL: 031-260 1086/2380
FAX: 031-260 1242