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Max Reinhardt : Directors in Perspective - John L. Styan

Max Reinhardt

Directors in Perspective

Paperback Published: 11th October 1982
ISBN: 9780521295048
Number Of Pages: 188

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Max Reinhardt (1873 1943), one of the major theatre figures of the twentieth century, was among the first to establish the importance of the director in modern theatre. His fame outside Germany rests somewhat unfairly on his distorted image as producer of giant, Gothic spectacles staged in vast auditoria or cathedral squares. In this book Professor Styan is concerned to illustrate Reinhardt's astonishing versatility as director of more than six hundred productions, which together cover almost all the dramatic genres and all the major theatrical movements of the time. Professor Styan explains Reinhardt's place in the history of Austrian and German culture and world theatrical movements. Using contemporary reviews and the Regiebuch, or director's promptbook, he describes in detail the organization, performance and impact of some of the director's major productions: his symbolist interpretation of Ghosts and Salome; the expressionist experiment with plays by Wedekind, Strindberg, Sorge and Buchner; the Shakespeare sequence, including the classic A Midsummer Night's Dream; productions of Greek tragedy, Goethe, and the baroque spectacles such as Everyman, which together cover almost all the dramatic genres and all the major theatrical movements of the time. Professor Styan explains Reinhardt's place in the history of Austrian and German culture and world theatrical movements. Using contemporary reviews and the Regiebuch, or director's promptbook, he describes in detail the organization, performance and impact of some of the director's major productions: his symbolist interpretation of Ghosts and Salome; the expressionist experiment with plays by Wedekind, Strindberg, Sorge and Buchner; the Shakespeare sequence, including the classic A Midsummer Night's Dream; productions of Greek tragedy, Goethe, and the baroque spectacles such as Everyman."

An explosion of ideas in the theatre
Beginnings in impressionistic realism Ghosts (1906)
Into symbolist drama Sumurun (1910), Venetian Night (1912)
Expressionist experiment The Ghost Sonata (1916)
The Beggar (1917)
Danton's Death (1916)
Reinhardt's Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream (1905)
The Merchant of Venice (1905)
Macbeth (1916)
A style for every play Faust (1909)
The Miser (1917)
Oedipus Rex (1910)
The baroque spectacles Everyman (1911)
The Miracle (1911)
The Salzburg Great Theatre of the World (1922)
Reinhardt, man of the theatre Playhouses, technical advances, repertory, rehearsal
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ISBN: 9780521295048
ISBN-10: 0521295041
Series: Directors in Perspective
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 11th October 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.28