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Author: John W WalterNina SantisiMeryl StreepTony KushnerKevin KlineAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Alive Mind : Distributed by Lorber HT Digital, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An examination of Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage and her children", and the political philosophies the play represents. Preparing for The Public Theater's 2006 production of Brecht's anti-war play, Meryl Streep allows a camera crew to document her rehearsal process and interest in the work. Moreover, the life and times of Brecht himself are followed, most notably the playwrites' escape from Nazi Germany,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Documentary films
Drama
Interviews
Nonfiction films
Named Person: Bertolt Brecht; Bertolt Brecht; Bertolt Brecht; Bertolt Brecht
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John W Walter; Nina Santisi; Meryl Streep; Tony Kushner; Kevin Kline; George C Wolfe; Barbara Brecht-Schall; Oskar Eustis; Bertolt Brecht; White Buffalo Entertainment (Firm); Alive Mind Media.; Lorber HT Digital.
ISBN: 0982253680 9780982253687
OCLC Number: 316796717
Language Note: In English and German with English subtitles.
Notes: Originally produced in 2008, copyright held by Theater of War LLC.
"A documentary about art & politics."
Includes commentary from filmmaker Michael Moore.
Credits: Camera, Felix Andrew, John Walter ; music, Robert Miller.
Performer(s): Meryl Streep, Tony Kushner, Kevin Kline, George C. Wolfe, Barbara Brecht-Schall, Oskar Eustis.
Description: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, widescreen format (16:9).
Responsibility: White Buffalo Entertainment ; producer, Nina Santisi ; directed and edited by John Walter.
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An examination of Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage and her children", and the political philosophies the play represents. Preparing for The Public Theater's 2006 production of Brecht's anti-war play, Meryl Streep allows a camera crew to document her rehearsal process and interest in the work. Moreover, the life and times of Brecht himself are followed, most notably the playwrites' escape from Nazi Germany, subsequent exile, testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee, and his eventual return to the country where the play was first staged. Along with backstage scenes and discussion by theatre notables such as Tony Kushner and Streep's costar Kevin Kline, the documentary seeks to depict the history and inspirations underlying the play's themes.

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Theater of War

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In 1949, Bertolt Brecht, one of the most accomplished playwrights of the 20th century, was invited to East Berlin to stage one of his plays. Brecht had left Germany in 1933 and lived in several European countries before finally settling in the United States in 1941. He continued to write plays, even...
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