Photographer-filmmaker William Klein takes on Handel’s Messiah, creating a gorgeous concert-film that mixes the sacred with the profane. Performed in its entirety and conducted by Mark Minkowski, the oratorio provides a narrative of Christ’s nativity, passion, and resurrection juxtaposed against images of the absurdities of and abuses against humans around the world. The film reveals a wide array of worshippers, from the Bodybuilders of Christ to the Lavender Light Gay and Lesbian Interracial Choir and the Dallas police choir.
Part of the UMMA film series presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire” (September 22, 2012-January 13, 2013), exploring ideas of the hero and the iconic.
In collaboration with the U-M Museum of Art. The UMS on Film series is designed to expand understanding of the artists and cultures represented on the UMS season and reveal some of the emotions and ideas behind the creative process.