Theater of War

Overview

Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children is widely regarded as one of the most important plays of the 20th century and a powerful, punishing statement of protest against the grim folly of war. Brecht's drama is often staged in Europe, but it has rarely been given major productions in the United States; however, in 2006, with the ongoing war in Iraq occupying the minds of many in the United States, playwright Tony Kushner prepared a new English translation of Mother Courage and director George C. Wolfe ...
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Overview

Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children is widely regarded as one of the most important plays of the 20th century and a powerful, punishing statement of protest against the grim folly of war. Brecht's drama is often staged in Europe, but it has rarely been given major productions in the United States; however, in 2006, with the ongoing war in Iraq occupying the minds of many in the United States, playwright Tony Kushner prepared a new English translation of Mother Courage and director George C. Wolfe persuaded Meryl Streep to return to the stage to play the lead in a production that ran for free in New York's Central Park for four weeks. Filmmaker John Walter examines this landmark production in the documentary Theater of War. In addition to featuring excerpts from the play, Theater of War offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the staging of Mother Courage, and includes interviews with most of the creative team. Walter also offers insights into Brecht's tumultuous life and career, the history of his masterpiece, and what many regard as the play's definitive staging, starring Brecht's wife, actress Helene Weigel. Theater of War received its premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Special Features

Commentary from Academy Award - winning Filmmaker Michael Moore
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • UPC: 718122566174
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Lorber Films (Kino)
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,988

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Brecht-Schall Participant
Jay Cantor Participant
Oskar Eustis Participant
Kevin Kline Participant
Tony Kushner Participant
Meryl Streep Participant
Jeanine Tesori Participant
Carl Weber Participant
George C. Wolfe Participant
Technical Credits
John Walter Director, Editor
Jack Turner Executive Producer
Dany Garcia Johnson Executive Producer
Robert Miller Score Composer
Antonio Ortega Executive Producer
Nina Santisi Producer
Emery Sheer Executive Producer
Felix Andrew Walter Cinematographer, Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Jose Zigel Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Theater Of War
1. Introduction [4:54]
2. Act 1 - Theater [17:45]
3. Act 2 - Marx and Coca-Cola [15:16]
4. Act 3 - War Stories [27:15]
5. Act 4 - In Search of Bertolt Brecht [13:37]
6. Act 5 - The Triumph of Death [16:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Theater Of War
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selection
   Bonus Material
      Audio Commentary with John Walter and Michael Moore: On/Off
   About Lorber Films
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