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Tales from Hollywood : Nato Advanced Science Institutes Series-Series C : Mathematical & Physical Sciences - Christopher Hampton

Tales from Hollywood

Nato Advanced Science Institutes Series-Series C : Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Paperback Published: 9th April 2001
ISBN: 9780571118830
Number Of Pages: 96

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02 Christopher Hampton's wry, poignant drama depicts the consequences of old literary Europe's attempt to integrate into fast-paced commercial Hollywood in the early years of World War II. With Austro-Hungarian playwright Odon Von Horvath resurrected as our guide, Tales from Hollywood leads us through a bizarre landscape where Schoenberg and the Marx Brothers play tennis, Brecht tries to write film treatments the studios will clamor over, and Heinrich Mann endeavors to maintain a dignified despair, overshadowed by his younger brother Thomas, who thrives on his celebrity status. As the war ends and McCarthyism sets in, the younger emigres assimilate but the older ones, unable to bear what they term the "tragic innocence" and relentless "cuteness" of America, go into a slow decline. Meanwhile, Horvath's conversations and observations raise questions of personal accountability for the unchecked rise of Nazism in Europe in the thirties and the futility of being homesick for countries that have forced one into exile.

In its contrast of the two continents, Tales from Hollywood paints a wistful, humorous portrait of a time when Europe and North America were in the throes of artistic, ideological, and political changes that would forever alter their own identities as well as their relations to each other.
Christopher Hampton's wry, poignant drama depicts the consequences of old literary Europe's attempt to integrate into fast-paced commercial Hollywood in the early years of World War II. With Austro-Hungarian playwright Odon Von Horvath resurrected as our guide, Tales from Hollywood leads us through a bizarre landscape where Schoenberg and the Marx Brothers play tennis, Brecht tries to write film treatments the studios will clamor over, and Heinrich Mann endeavors to maintain a dignified despair, overshadowed by his younger brother Thomas, who thrives on his celebrity status. As the war ends and McCarthyism sets in, the younger emigres assimilate but the older ones, unable to bear what they term the "tragic innocence" and relentless "cuteness" of America, go into a slow decline. Meanwhile, Horvath's conversations and observations raise questions of personal accountability for the unchecked rise of Nazism in Europe in the thirties and the futility of being homesick for countries that have forced one into exile.

In its contrast of the two continents, Tales from Hollywood paints a wistful, humorous portrait of a time when Europe and North America were in the throes of artistic, ideological, and political changes that would forever alter their own identities as well as their relations to each other.

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"Hampton's finest play" ("The Times, London") -- a portrait of Europe's literary emigres stranded in 1940s Hollywood.

ISBN: 9780571118830
ISBN-10: 0571118836
Series: Nato Advanced Science Institutes Series-Series C : Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 9th April 2001
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.8 x 12.8  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.08
Edition Number: 1

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