Life Lessons: The Films of Herrmann Zschoche - 'Half of Life'
November 2, 2016
FREE screening of Half of Life (Hälfte des Lebens, GDR, 1984, 93 min., color, 35mm), followed by a Q&A with the Director. Introduced by Barton Byg, UMass.
This love story recounts ten decisive years in the life of the great Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843). In order to support himself, Hölderlin—played by a young Ulrich Mühe (The Lives of Others)—becomes a live-in tutor for the children of the wealthy Frankfurt banker Gontard… and falls madly in love with Susette, his employer’s wife. Ordinary family life is disrupted even further by the events of the French Revolution.
Reception to follow the screening.
This program was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council.