Theater of War

Released 2008


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Theater of War

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Theater of War is a documentary of German playwright Bertolt Brecht's 2006 theatre production of "Mother Courage and Her Children". The film itself delves into not only a thorough introspective of Brecht's own life and political convictions but also a view into the passion he puts into each production. Bonus features include a behind the scenes look at the production of the play including rehearsal, makeup and other preparatory values that are usually intentionally hidden away from the public eye. Presented in New York City's Central Park, the film is directed by John W. Walter and features the acting talents of academy award winners Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. "Theater of War" is as much about art, and the art of theater specifically, as it is about war. The 2010 Lorber Films production is as close as you can get to seeing Brecht's work on the stage itself. As usual, Brecht delivers a must see for fans of theater, as well as aspiring actors and directors.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Because this is also a document of an actress actually at work, much of the movie's pleasure comes from watching another brilliant performance take shape as Ms. Streep tries out di...

  • 70

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    What emerges from Walter's docu is not a sense of failure, but a recognition that the play's the thing, enriched by every flawed performance, perfection almost irrelevant to its cr...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    All of this makes an interesting, if not gripping, film about the play, the playwright and the lead-up work to a stage production. It also leaves me wanting a great deal more.

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