Marcel Ophuls Masterclass

  • SVA West Side 133/141 West 21st Street., Theater / Room 101C New York, NY USA

We are thrilled to have the rare opportunity to host master French documentarian Marcel Ophüls at SVA. Marcel Ophüls is best known for his epic films exploring the effects of war The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) and Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988), for which he won an Oscar.

Ophüls was born in Germany in 1927, the son of the great German-Jewish filmmaker Max Ophüls. The family was forced to flee the Nazis twice as a child; leaving Germany for France in 1933, and after the German invasion of France, they made their way to Hollywood in 1941. Ophüls returned to Paris after the war, where he continues to make films. He is currently at work on a film on the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, Unpleasant Truths, with Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan.

The Memory of Justice (1976), an inquiry into questions of individual and collective guilt following the calamities of war, screens September 27 at the New York Film Festival, in a restored print distributed by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation.

For this Masterclass, Marcel Ophüls will be in conversation with Thom Powers, documentary programmer for Toronto Film Festival and SVA MFA Documentary faculty. The talk is hosted by SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Film, along with BFA Film and Video and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media programs, and is open to the entire SVA community.

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