Straub and Huillet’s third filmed version of Friedrich Hölderlin’s play about the Greek philosopher Empedocles takes place in the vicinity of Sicily’s volcanic Mount Etna, into the mouth of which Empedocles throws himself in order to prove his immortality. A visually, intellectually rich work in which debates between Empedocles and disciple Pausanias inquire into the forces of love and belligerence.

Also showing in our NYC Theater