Tragedy & Brecht

 

This is part one of the recent Cyndi Lauper & Alan Cumming’s *stage and *English version of Brecht’s Threepenny Opera (use the Youtube video list on the right to find all the other parts–takes time, but they’re there):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0bQEUp56uU

This is the 1931 film version of Brecht’s Threepenny Opera (in German w/ English subtitles)--note that it’s not exactly as he intended it, as liberties were taken w/ the film version, but it is close, and it’s also a famous film in its own right:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUgkrlL8GkE

This video is a part of the National Theater series, which is excellent and is relevant to the Martha Nussbaum and Susan Feagin readings and Homework 1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSr6mP-zxUc

This is also an excellent part from that series, via their own website if you’d like to explore further:

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/video/an-introduction-to-greek-theatre-0

And this is a video of Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus Rex’ via Yeats that has an exciting cameo (in the first few minutes):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZUCgq8LfhY

Also: Perhaps think about–and we can discuss in class or on the blog, throughout the semester–if in addition to tragic drama (such as Sophocles, Shakespeare, Schiller, etc.) we can consider other examples of tragic art in other forms (film, music, dance, painting …) as doing the same thing or something similar to tragedy…

 

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