La Paloma in 4K

La Paloma in 4K

North American Restoration Premiere. Special guest: Introduction by Giona A. Nazzaro, Artistic Director, Locarno Film Festival.

North American Restoration Premiere

Swiss-born theater, television, opera, and film director Daniel Schmid (1941–2006) directed over two dozen moving image works, most of which have remained virtually unknown in the United States. After an affluent upbringing, Schmid studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) in the mid-to-late 1960s, where he befriended many who would formulate the rich period of New German Cinema. Like contemporary Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Schmid developed an obsession with opera music and Hollywood melodrama while nurturing a distinct fascination with anachronism, which places much of his work outside of any recognizable period. Schmid’s decadent second feature as writer-director is a perfect embodiment of visual indulgence, bourgeois satire, compulsive romantic gestures, and tragic beauty. At once Sirkian in visual style and Lynchian in tone, La Paloma is the perfect introduction to Schmid’s alluring, dangerous oeuvre. After its restoration world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in 2023, the Academy Museum presents the North American restoration debut of this intoxicating, maddening revelation.

Programmed and note by K.J. Relth-Miller.
DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Daniel Schmid. WITH: Ingrid Caven, Peter Kern, Peter Chatel, Bulle Ogier. 1974. 110 min. Switzerland, France. Color. German. 4K DCP. Restored by Cinémathèque Suisse with the support of Memoriav at L’immagine Ritrovata lab.

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