- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Methuen Drama; Reprint edition (3 Sept. 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0413478106
- ISBN-13: 978-0413478108
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Modern Plays): Vol 6 Paperback – 3 Sep 1981
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One of the greatest poets and dramatists of our century Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
A major dramatist of the twentieth century, Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was the founder of one of the most influential theatre companies, the Berliner Ensemble, and the creator of some of the landmark plays of the twentieth century: The Threepenny Opera, Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
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Top Customer Reviews
For some the book will merely be a challenging play, for others an important shift in history of which you can relate to present-day issues. Either way Brecht designed this play to make his audience think and question his work. Although you might find the play heavy at times, this is rescued by a chronological table situated at the back of the book, which runs parallel with the chapters in the play.
Brecht lovers a definite thumbs up - arguably one of his finest works!
Reading the play you are left to wonder why nothing was done to stop Ui (Hitler), but as Brecht highlights in his epilogue, there will always be people like this in society, and we had a lucky escape.
Brecht's savage, witty, black and sometimes shocking satire on the rise of Hitler seems ever more relevant to our own times. Based closely on real people (Hitler himself, of course, Goering, Rohm, Goebbels, Hindenburg) and real events (the Reichstag Fire, the Night of the Long Knives, the annexation of Austria), this replays the events of the early 1930s via a 'parable' (Brecht's own term) of Chicago gangsters, cauliflower sellers, protection rackets and the corruptions of self-interest.
It may not be subtle or even intended to be so but it makes its points about resistance and complacency, about collusion and complicity with panache and theatrical flair.
Blackly comic moments such as Hitler taking elocution lessons from a washed-up actor in order to hone his rhetorical appeal to the masses are balanced against shocking bursts of violence: the brief scene when a bloody woman stumbles out of a truck and flings herself towards the audience: "Help us! Oh God, why don't somebody help? / Is everybody gone? You murderers!" makes us profoundly uncomfortable, even guilty, for not helping her.
With its pastiche of Shakespeare ( Richard III, Antony & Cleopatra, Macbeth) and its use of distancing techniques (projections, songs, direct-to-the-audience prologue and epilogue), this is literarily self-aware and uncompromising in its stance of theatre as a site for political resistance and a call-to-action in the real world.
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This book is great. The play is amazing and It good how it give you loads of info about Brecht.Published on 8 Oct. 2012 by Dave
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