The Frontier and Midland Volume 3-5

The Frontier and Midland Volume 3-5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...Sunday matiness and irregular special performances were the first efforts. But today three of the best theatres in Berlin are in its hands. The best of these is the Volksbuhne, the costliest theatre here. German acting is as a rule bad. It has the virtue of clarity and the curse of noise. It makes the simplest thing ponderous. It is operatic. Its usual note is one-of fatiguing loudness. Munich, December, 1923. We 've been continually on the jump ever since we left Berlin. First Leipzig, where "The Robbers" was being given in a performance that must rile what's left of Schiller. Then Frankfort for four days. Weichert is one of the best of the regisseurs in Germany. His career seems a typical one among German directors, and explains why German direction is infinitely superior to the direction that England or America boast of. New York has a contempt for academic training in the theatre not shared by Germany. Where the theatre is more an art than a business, and where the State covers box-office losses that training becomes both possible and necessary. The German director knows his classics before he puts them into rehearsal. He is schooled in them. He knows them both as literature and theatre. He knows their stage traditions. What he brings to them himself is what establishes him, and marks his ability. But before he is allowed to overwhelm them with a freakish individualism he has a theoretical background for his break wtih tradition. So Weichert, like Martin, Jessner, Hagemann, Serger, and Fehling, studied at the school of Louis Dumont in Dusseldorf before he began to direct. There he learned the fundamentals of his art. Weisbaden, where Carl Hagemann is a very good director, and Mainz are within the Occupied Area....show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123695808X
  • 9781236958082