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Brecht: A Man’s a Man

Synopsis
Eric Bentley - historian, playwright, drama critic and leading Brecht scholar - introduces scenes from his translation of Bertolt Brecht’s play-with-songs "Mann Ist Mann" ("A Man’s A Man.") The performance seen here is the then (1962) current off-Broadway production, at a time when Brecht’s popularity in America was high after the revival of his "The Threepenny Opera." The cast includes Clifford James, Michael Conrad, James Hefferman, and Olympia Dukakis. Bentley speaks of Brecht’s ideas and theatre devices, the origins of his political passions in post-World War One Europe, his failure to attract American audiences in the 1930s and his remarkable success later. Brecht died in 1956. This play - early in his career - uses some of the themes and theatre approaches he developed in "The Threepenny Opera," "Mother Courage," and "The Good Woman of Setzuan."
Language
English
Year of production
1962
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Brecht, Bertolt (1898-1956); drama - contemporary; musicals

Online availability

URI
http://www.artfilms-digital.com/Search.aspx?q=brecht
Price
poa
Delivery
Streamed

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
£150.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
27 minutes
Year
2012

Distributor

Name

Artfilms Europe

Email
info@artfilms.com.au
Web
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Phone
+44 208 265 1752
Fax
+44 207 117 5174
Address
PO Box 71507
London
SE10 1BY
United Kingdom
Notes
Artfilms Europe is the European distributor of the collection of Contemporary Arts Media, Australia (previously known as Hush Video). The collection originally specialised in drama and the performing arts but has since widened its remit across the arts spectrum to include visual arts, design, architecture, new media and digital arts in its collection of over 5,000 titles. Separate subject catalogues, printed or online in pdf format, are available for theatre, dance, visual arts, film & cinema, new media, music, performance art and communication & culture. Sale on DVD or streamed on a pay-per-view or subscription basis from www.artfiflms-digital.com. From 2015, private users can subscribe via a digital site licence for £8 per month, allowing access to a selection of 300 - 400 films.

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