[HCCN] film: Theater of War, Mar. 25 Blue Hill
JUDY at ROBBINSandROBBINS.com
Wed Mar 23 21:18:08 EDT 2011
“For anyone interested in the continuing relevance of theater in a
society dominated by momentary electronic impulses, in the
responsibility of artists
in wartime and in the greatest anti-capitalist, anti-government,
antiwar and anti-romantic playwright of the 20th century, Walter's
stimulating exploration is a must. Scenes of Streep, Wolfe and the
cast in rehearsal are fascinating, and I especially appreciated
Brechtian digressions into the less-heralded work of the costumers
– Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
The film Theater of War will be shown Friday evening at 7:00 at the
Blue Hill LIbrary, part of Peninsula Peace & Justice winter film series.
Following the film there will be a discussion led by Bill Raiten of
New Surry Theater. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be served.
Below is an excerpt from the NYT review; the entire review can be
read here: http://movies.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/movies/24war.html?
"In his inspired, inspiring essayistic documentary “Theater of War,”
the filmmaker John Walter jumps from art to history and politics and
back again, from the theater of the streets to the theater of the
stage, without pause. That makes the movie, which follows a Public
Theater production in Central Park of Bertolt Brecht’s epic play
“Mother Courage and Her Children,” tough to summarize, which is part
of its appeal. Because while the movie is about a particular staging
of “Mother Courage,” it is also about the war in Iraq, theater (and
bicycle riding) as social protest, the necessity and futility of art,
and the agonizing human failing that Mother Courage gives voice to in
“The Song of the Great Capitulation.”
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