Film Info: Intolleranza - Luigi Nono's Scenic Action as Seen Today

(Intolleranza - Luigi Nono's Scenic Action as Seen Today)

Scene from "Intolleranza" (photo courtesy of bce film)

The film traces the history of Intolleranza 1960, a music-theatrical work with which Luigi Nono responded to the great political issues of his time: immigration and xenophobia, torture, industrial disasters and natural catastrophes. Nono wanted to “bear witness” to his time - for him, music and political awareness were inseparable.

In the center of the action is the character of the immigrant, represented in the film by the African dancer Koffi Kôkô, in scenes that oscillate between art and documentary. In Venice in 1961, Intolleranza’s world premiere caused a scandal - people who witnessed it at the time recall what happened and discuss Nono’s æsthetic and political views. Among them: Nuria Schoenberg Nono, the painter and set designer Emilio Vedova, the philosopher Massimo Cacciari and Nono’s pupil, the composer Helmut Lachenmann. Nono’s humanism remains compelling: “The origin of my works is always to search within ‘human provocation’: an event, an experience, a test of our life provokes my instinct and my conscience to give testimony as a human being and a musician.”


Bettina Ehrhardt is a journalist and television producer and director. She holds a master’s degree in French Literature and also received a diploma in Cinema Art from the University of Lyon. Her films include portraits of the American percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, the stage directors Yoshi Oida and Peter Konwitschny, and the musicians Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea. Abbado, Nono, Pollini - A Trail on the Water won the Jury Award at the International Festival of Films on the Arts in Montreal (2002), as well as the 2001 Ernst von Siemens Foundation Prize. Her other films include the documentaries: Oslo Drumming - With Pulsation Lots of Space (1995), De Sade in Berlin - Yoshi Oida staging of ‘Madame de Sade’ by Yukio Mishima (1997), Journey to the End of the World - Cape Horn under Sail (1998), Tristan und Isolde - Excursion to Utopia. Zubin Mehta and Peter Konwitschny reinterpret Richard Wagner’s music-drama (1999), The Desert is the Garden of God - On the Trail of Charles de Foucauld in the Sahara (2001), the concert film Bobby McFerrin and the Chick Corea New Trio live at the Verbier Festival (2003), Chick Corea und Bobby McFerrin “We Play“(2004), and Electricity for the Sherpas. Modern Times on Mount Everest (2004).
Genre Art, Dance
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2004
Director Bettina Ehrhardt
Screenplay Bettina Ehrhardt
Cinematography Hans-Albrecht Lusznat, Volker Tittel, Thomas Bresinsky
Producer Bettina Ehrhardt
Production Company bce film/Munich, in cooperation with WDR, MusikTriennale/Cologne
Length 58 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals FIPA Biarritz 2005

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