From the Cloud to the Resistance

Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet / 1979 / 104 minutes

Straub-Huillet’s From the Cloud to the Resistance bridges history and myth, and modernity and antiquity. Based on six mythological encounters in Cesar Pavese’s Dialogues with Leucò, and on Pavese’s last novel, The Moon and the Bonfires, about the savage murders of Italian anti-Fascist resistance fighters during World War II, the film has affinities with History LessonsToo Early/Too Late, and a series of films of the 2000s in which they returned to Pavese’s Dialogues. New Digital Restoration.

  • "Straub and Huillet expand their concerns with dazzling scope and beauty: the struggle between gods and men, the eruption of the past into the present... Constantly startles by its imaginative and historical leaps.,. A work of provocation which strips ornament and leaves essences, and whose integrity gives it a distinct sense of the sublime."

    Time Out UK
  • "There are few filmmakers today who are so actively engaged in the battle of form and content."

    — Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader
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