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Visual Aids in the Productions of the First Piscator-Buhne, 1927-28

McAlpine, Sheila

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ISBN 10: 3631431449 / ISBN 13: 9783631431443
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Series: European University Studies. Num Pages: 306 pages, 5 ill. BIC Classification: WDM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 210 x 148. Weight in Grams: 380. . 1991. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9783631431443

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Title: Visual Aids in the Productions of the First ...

Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH

Binding: Soft cover

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This analysis of four major productions by Erwin Piscator, Hoppla, Rasputin, Schweik and Konjunktur (1927/28), examines the nature of his pioneering visual effects. The films, projections, cartoons, elaborate sets and machinery - here designated 'visual aids' - are shown to have a didactic function. They 'frame' the action politically, thus evolving a sophisticated new theatrical method. Comparison with Brecht's work establishes differences of emphasis in the approach to a common goal. Piscator's montage of disparate elements is seen as a vital contribution to epic theatre.


... McAlpine's book is an important contribution to furthering the understanding of the entire performance milieu via the mise-en-scene. (Geoffrey Eroe, The Brecht Yearbook)

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