|Emails to Doris Schöttler-Boll
occasioned by the news
that Danièle Huillet passed
In the 1980s, Jean-Marie Straub
and Danièle Huillet came to Bochum again, as they had done in 1969
when I first met them. This time it was because the Schauspielhaus people
had made possible the screening of what was then their latest film, in
one of the downtown cinemas. Jean-Marie had let me know about it in advance
and so Doris Schöttler-Boll and I were there, watching the film. Afterwards,
we met the Straubs, and spontaneously, Danièle gave the bouquet
of flowers she had received from the Schauspielhaus organizers to Doris.
When Doris received the news that
Danièle had died, she let me know immediately. I was both sad, confused,
and sort of numb with - was it grief or disbelief? I dreamed of her, and
sent Jean-Marie an absurd, confused letter: a piece of paper that told
that grief. In hindsight, her last postcard seemed to me like an Adieu.
Doris sent me copies of many emails
she received in those days, all relating to Danièle and Jean-Marie
and their films.
They are published her, in memory
of Doris, and perhaps as my way to pay hommage to these cherished and loved
filmmakers. Especially to Danièle who went too early, leaving behind
the one with whom she had worked so courageously.
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