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Kleines Organon fur das Theater by Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. A seminal theatre practitioner of the twentieth century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter particularly through the seismic impact of the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble—the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and his wife and long-time collaborator, the actress Helene Weigel—with its internationally acclaimed productions.

From his late twenties Brecht remained a life-long committed Marxist who, in developing the combined theory and practice of his epic theatre, synthesized and extended the experiments of Piscator and Meyerhold to explore the theatre as a forum for political ideas and the creation of a critical aesthetics of dialectical materialism. Brechts modernist concern with drama-as-a-medium led to his refinement of the epic form of the drama (which constitutes that mediums rendering of autonomization or the non-organic work of art—related in kind to the strategy of divergent chapters in Joyces novel Ulysses, to Eisensteins evolution of a constructivist montage in the cinema, and to Picassos introduction of cubist collage in the visual arts). In contrast to many other avant-garde approaches, however, Brecht had no desire to destroy art as an institution; rather, he hoped to re-function the apparatus of theatrical production to a new social use. In this regard he was a vital participant in the aesthetic debates of his era—particularly over the high art/popular culture dichotomy—vying with the likes of Adorno, Lukacs, Bloch, and developing a close friendship with Benjamin. Brechtian theatre articulated popular themes and forms with avant-garde formal experimentation to create a modernist realism that stood in sharp contrast both to its psychological and socialist varieties. Brechts work is the most important and original in European drama since Ibsen and Strindberg, Raymond Williams argues, while Peter Burger insists that he is the most important materialist writer of our time.

As Jameson among others has stressed, Brecht is also ‘Brecht’—collective and collaborative working methods were inherent to his approach. This Brecht was a collective subject that certainly seemed to have a distinctive style (the one we now call Brechtian) but was no longer personal in the bourgeois or individualistic sense. During the course of his career, Brecht sustained many long-lasting creative relationships with other writers, composers, scenographers, directors, dramaturgs and actors; the list includes: Elisabeth Hauptmann, Margarete Steffin, Ruth Berlau, Slatan Dudow, Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Paul Dessau, Caspar Neher, Teo Otto, Karl von Appen, Ernst Busch, Lotte Lenya, Peter Lorre, Therese Giehse, Angelika Hurwicz, and Helene Weigel herself. This is theatre as collective experiment [...] as something radically different from theatre as expression or as experience.

There are few areas of modern theatrical culture that have not felt the impact or influence of Brechts ideas and practices; dramatists and directors in whom one may trace a clear Brechtian legacy include: Dario Fo, Augusto Boal, Joan Littlewood, Peter Brook, Peter Weiss, Heiner Muller, Pina Bausch, Tony Kushner and Caryl Churchill. In addition to the theatre, Brechtian theories and techniques have exerted considerable sway over certain strands of film theory and cinematic practice; Brechts influence may be detected in the films of Joseph Losey, Jean-Luc Godard, Lindsay Anderson, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, Ritwik Ghatak, Lars von Trier, Jan Bucquoy and Hal Hartley.

During the war years, Brecht became a prominent writer of the Exilliteratur. He expressed his opposition to the National Socialist and Fascist movements in his most famous plays.
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Jackals – Exclusive Interview with Writer Jared Rivet

News Videos. After the Powells hire a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, they find themselves under siege when the freaky followers surround their cabin, demanding the boy back. The screenplay is written by Jared Rivet; we got the chance to sit down with Rivet to find out more about Jackals. Dread Central: What was it in particular about cults that made you want to tackle that subject and put it in the context of horror? It seemed like any story I chose to tell would be the nastiest thing ever committed to film and I would never be able to sell it, much less get it made. And then in I was working at a company that did transcription in the same office as Ryan Turek, former Dread Central writer and now director of development at Blumhouse and a transcript showed up one day that was an interview with a former cult deprogrammer.

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While many films try to over explain the character motivations and paints them with broad strokes that tend to make a film drag, Jackals keeps the focus squarely on the plight of a family simply trying to bring their son back from the clutches of a mysterious cult. Helping to lend the the claustrophobic feel of the film is the excellent use of one primary location in an isolated area. While remote in the daylight, it appears even more desolate once night hits and almost becomes a character itself. Add to that crisp camera work that makes the film feel like the 80s as well as a score that plucks at the nerves in your spine and you have the perfect storm of events that make for a chilling tale. The rivalry aspects between the two brothers played aggressively and with fervor by Nick Roux and Ben Sullivan is displayed well and with a raw emotion that you would expect from real life brothers. While you only see one other cult member unmasked, the physical presence of the other members in costume is eerie and will cause goosebumps to rise on your arms.

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