Days of Twilight, Nights of Frenzy: A Memoir

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University of Chicago Press
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Werner Schroeter (1945-2010) was a German filmmaker who made such films as The Death of Maria Malibran, Day of the Idiots, and The Rose King. In 2008, he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his life's work. In addition to his work in film, he directed numerous theatrical and operatic productions. Claudia Lenssen is a film scholar and critic who writes for numerous film publications. She lives and works in Berlin. Anthea Bell is an award-winning British writer and translator.


"Schroeter lived his imagination with implacable fervor, and gave the world some of the most complex, sensuous, enthralling, and sophisticated works of cinema, opera, and theater it has ever seen and heard. His art is subtle and outrageous, drastic in its emotional perplexity, and instantly seductive, a magnificent alloy of the sublime and the absurd. His ideas sprang from an unparalleled sense of life, a brilliant grasp of the human heart's perversity and grandeur, an unwavering focus on essential truths of the inner life and its fantastic outward display. This book is a portal into the mind and soul of a matchless artist and a truly unique human being."--Gary Indiana
"Schroeter was a fascinating and highly idiosyncratic figure in the histories of film, theater, opera, and the German avant-garde in the last quarter of the twentieth century. His life was packed with an astonishing range of collaborations, love affairs, professional disappointments, and triumphant accomplishments. This book reveals a consummate artist and a master raconteur at the top of his form."
--Edward Dimendberg, University of California, Irvine