Moliere: Don Juan

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Aided by supplementary research materials, key productions of this enigmatic masterpiece are reconstructed in a series of critical studies that examine the ways the play has been interpreted through the vision of different directors in a variety of cultural and social contexts.
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"David Whitton has done a substantial favor to all those who love Molière...he has married conception to reception and demonstrated the apparently 'infinitely renewable stage life' (174) of Molière's most enigmatic creation." L'Esprit Créateur

"There is a great deal to commend in this book. Professor Whitton has a solid academic background on which to base his analyses....I was impressed in particular by his remarkable sensitivity to stage values--decor, costume, lighting, colour, dynamics of tone and movement. A man of theatre is here coupled with the scholar....I have not been able to consult the preceding volumes in the series, but if the forthcoming ones meet the quality standards of Whitton's book, this should be a successful series." Harold Knutson, Essays in Theatre

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521478670
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/19/2002
  • Series: Plays in Production Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
General preface
1 'Don Juan', 1665-1925 1
Moliere and the legend of Don Juan 1
The play's premiere 7
Don Juan on stage, 1665-1925 12
2 Major Productions on the Modern French Stage 18
A mystical tragedy Louis Jouvet, director 18
An atheist Don Juan Jean Vilar, director 32
A Marxist Don Juan Patrice Chereau, director 49
Don Juan at the Comedie-Francaise, 1952-1982 66
3 Major Productions on the Modern European Stage 92
A modernist Don Juan in St Petersburg Vsevolod Meyerhold, director 92
The Berliner Ensemble's Don Juan Benno Besson, director 110
Ingmar Bergman's variations on Don Juan 124
An absurdist Don Juan in Prague Jan Grossman, director 138
4 'Don Juan' At Large on the Twentieth-Century Stage 155
Conclusion 175
Appendix: Geographical-chronological list of productions 179
Notes 191
Select bibliography 203
Index 204
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