Tag Archives: Bertolt Brecht

too many dicks not enough jane

Its the use of Bertolt Brecht technique of montage imposed on the early style flash-mob style editing of Disney found in Oswald the Rabbit. The process of introducing non-natural elements that have no natural relation to what is being played … Continue reading

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the braun of a new age

Apple design and uncanny similarities with post-war design of Braun products. coincidence? Not at all and perfectly comprehensible. The marriage of Apple and Braun design is also uncannily like Werner Fassbinder’s post-war triology, in particular the Marriage of Maria Braun. … Continue reading

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case of mistaken identity: but not in my backyard

Mistaken identity and false pretense. Mistaken identity has always been the source for arriving at some rich existential meanings.But, behind fervent religious belief, is it the will to meaning in the sense of Victor Frankl, or some twisted ideology arising … Continue reading

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like a rock: not quite white hope

“Men give meaning to their lives by realizing. . . creative values, by achieving tasks,” wrote Viktor Frankl.  The will-to-meaning, a push to articulate the vague, foggy but lighted material of sustenance,  was more basic and essential to Frankl than … Continue reading

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full chalk circle

There was a sense of existential desperation to this quintessentially German artist. Death infection was always lurking in the work of Bertolt Brecht, often the fatalistic embodiment of existential truth. This lurking triumph of death, the dance of death, may … Continue reading

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on the road: serenading mickey

Lotte Lenya:The very next day, Joseph Goebbels banned any more performances of Der Silbersee on account of that ballad. A friend who had been arrested got word to Kurt that he must leave Berlin at once – his name was … Continue reading

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hit him with your rhythm stick

…After an appearance before the House Un-American Committee in 1947, Brecht went directly to Switzerland where his reputation seemed to be reviving, and when the regime in East Berlin offered him a theater of his own and a subsidy to … Continue reading

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feeling it in the neck

Lotte Lenya:Anti-Semitism always existed in Germany. I wasn’t aware of it at first – when you’re young, you aren’t so aware. But I wasn’t blind to it, either, especially after Mahagonny. One time, I was walking down the street with … Continue reading

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too long in exile: worn out welcome

Brecht in exile. He wrote movie scripts and tried to sell them but, except for his scenario for Hangmen Also Die, Brecht sold nothing. He seems to have persistently missed the fact that a great many of the ideas he … Continue reading

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ballad of a thin man with stogie

You, the owners of property are the truly brutish ones, runs the line of ironic implication; we slaves have remained human. Caught between what he expected and what he actually felt, the cultivated German spectator found hmself animated by chronic … Continue reading

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