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ERIC Number: ED090610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 17
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The Theatrical Event as History: Arnolt Bronnen's "Ostpolzug" in Production.
Gadberry, Glen
Arnolt Bronnen's complex monodrama, "Ostpolzug," sought to counter the German anxieties and pessimism following World War I and also provided a theatrical vehicle for experimentation--intensely symbolic and electric--with film techniques of that period. Premiered in January 1926 and directed by the expressionist classics interpreter, Leopold Jessner, the play reflected Bronnen's personal solution to both his own conflicts and the tense national situation by dramatizing the eternal dialogue which modern man conducts with the past. The fate of Alexander the Great merges with that of a contemporary Alexander as he embarks upon an ultimately self-destructive path of conquest to the East. Both the nature of the monologue--repeated response to unseen characters--and the chiarosco technique aided actor Fritz Kortner's dramatic interpretation. Reaction of both drama critics and audience was typically violent for a Bronnen premiere, although applause remained dominant. (Footnotes are included.) (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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