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June 28, 2012

Bertolt Brecht's Baal (1982)

Utter, unwatchable crap but featuring the correct pronunciation of "Bowie".

The problem: "The outcast, the disillusioned tough becomes the hero; he may be criminal, he may be semi-human," argues John Willett, "but in plays like Baal he can be romanticized into an inverted idealist, blindly striking out at the society in which he lives."

Baal was the first full-length play written by the German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht. It concerns a wastrel youth who becomes involved in several sexual affairs and at least one murder. It was written in 1918, when Brecht was a 20-year-old student at Munich University, in response to the expressionist drama The Loner (Der Einsame) by the soon-to-become-Nazi dramatist Hanns Johst.

The hero of the piece abandons his pregnant girlfriend, murders his friend and dies without purpose, alone, having wasted his life. Consider that this was the Left's response to nascent Nazi art and understand why Germany was Germany in the 1920s.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 28, 2012 07:28 AM