Danièle Huillet

Danièle Huillet

Darstellerin, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Bauten, Kostümbild, Schnitt, Produzent, Produktionsleitung
*01.05.1936 Paris, Frankreich; †09.10.2006 Cholet, Frankreich


Danièle Huillet, born May 1, 1936, lived in Paris after finishing school where she prepared for studying at Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC) when she met her later husband Jean-Marie Straub in 1954. This liaison also constituted a close professional connection.

In 1958, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet went to Germany and made their first appearance in 1962 with their joint short film "Machorka-Muff", a rejection of the remilitarisation of West Germany.

Already with this film, they met with lack of comprehension from audiences and critics alike. Furthermore, the film was not accepted by the admission committee of IV. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. Their joint feature film "Nicht versöhnt..." ("Not Reconciled"), filmed in 1964/65 and based on Heinrich Böll’s novel "Billard um halbzehn", provoked a scandal when it premiered at the 1965 Berlinale. The sparse, political films, Huillet and Straub finished during the following years, were also rejected by the broad public. Quarrels with funders and financial backers, subsidy boards, and movie assessment agencies, also occured on a regular basis.

Thus, Straub and Huillet lost the subsidy for their next work, "Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach" ("The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach"). Nevertheless, the pair finished the film in 1967. This film exhibited for the first time the complex dramatic composition of the film"s music that would also distinguish their later films. However, the film again did not catch on with movie goers but won the award of "Best film" at the London international film festival in that year. At the end of the 1960s, the couple moved to Italy where they finished their first color film "Othon" ("Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times, or, Perhaps One Day Rome Will Allow Herself to Choose in Her Turn", 1969), based on a drama by Corneille.

During the following years, Straub/Huillet time and again dealt further with the screen adaptation of literary sources: In 1972, they finished "Geschichtsunterricht" ("History Lessons") based on a novel fragment by Bertolt Brecht, and in 1983, they made "Klassenverhältnisse" ("Class Relations"), based on Kafka"s "Amerika-Fragment", during a scholarship in Hamburg. In 1993, the couple applied themselves to an opera by Schönberg in "Von heute auf morgen" ("From Today Until Tomorrow").

Until her death on October 9, 2006, in Cholet, France, Danièle Huillet lived with Jean-Marie Straub alternately in Paris, Rome, and Hamburg.


2013 Dialogue d'Ombres
2008 Itinéraire de Jean Bricard
2007/2008 Il ginocchio di Artemide
2007 Verteidigung der Zeit
2006 Europa 2005 - 27 Octobre
Director, Screenplay, Producer
2005/2006 Quei loro incontri
Director, Screenplay, Costume design, Editing, Producer
2003/2004 Une visite au Louvre
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
2002/2003 Die Rückkehr des verlorenen Sohnes - Gedemütigt
Director, Adaptation, Editing, Producer
2000/2001 Arbeiter, Bauern
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
1998/1999 Sicilia!
Director, Screenplay, Editing
1996/1997 Von heute auf morgen. Oper in einem Akt von Arnold Schönberg
Director, Screenplay, Set design, Editing, Producer
1994 Lothringen!
Director, Screenplay, Editing
1991/1992 Antigone
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Unit production manager
1989/1990 Paul Cézanne im Gespräch mit Joachim Gasquet
Director, Screenplay, Producer
1986/1987 La mort d'Empédocle
Director, Screenplay, Costume design, Editing
1986-1989 Schwarze Sünde
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
1984 Wie will ich lustig lachen
1983 Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet bei der Arbeit an einem Film nach Franz Kafkas Romanfragment "Amerika"
1983 Klassenverhältnisse
Director, Screenplay, Costume design, Editing, Unit production manager
1980/1981 Zu früh/Zu spät
Voice, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
1980-1982 Zwischen den Bildern. 3. Über die Trägheit der Wahrnehmung
1978/1979 Von der Wolke zum Widerstand
Director, Screenplay, Costume design, Editing, Producer
1974/1975 Moses und Aron
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Unit production manager
1972 Einleitung zu Arnold Schoenbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene
Cast, Editing
1972 Geschichtsunterricht
Director, Assistant director, Screenplay, Costume design, Editing, Producer
1971 Obrigkeitsfilm
1969 Othon. Die Augen wollen sich nicht zu jeder Zeit schließen oder Vielleicht wird Rom sich eines Tages erlauben seinerseits zu wählen
Assistant director, Screenplay, Editing, Unit production manager
1968 Der Bräutigam, die Komödiantin und der Zuhälter
Editing, Producer
1967/1968 Jane erschießt John, weil er sie mit Ann betrügt
1967/1968 Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach
Assistant director, Screenplay, Set design, Editing, Producer, Unit production manager
1964/1965 Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt, wo Gewalt herrscht
Cast, Assistant director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
1962/1963 Machorka-Muff
Assistant director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer