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1 hr. 35 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at a daring American staging of Bertolt Brecht's masterpiece of political theater, "Mother Courage." Meryl Streep and her costars tackle Brecht's challenging pacifist work in a bold new translation by acclaimed playwright Tony Kushner. The film also discusses Brecht's creative life, his exodus from Nazi Germany in the wake of World War II and the relevance of "Mother Courage" in the context of contemporary world politics.

Cast: Meryl Streep , Kevin Kline , Tony Kushner , George C. Wolfe ,

Director: John W. Walter

Genres: Documentary

Theater of War (2008)

Release Date: December 24th, 2008|1 hr. 35 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Intriguing and educational. For partisans of Bertolt Brecht, it's mandatory. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Passionate and ambitious, John Walter's chronicle of a Public Theater production is too scattered for broad appeal. But those who connect with his themes will find themselves quickly drawn in. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    What is the value of art in times of strife? Should people be sitting in the theater or rioting in the streets? Walter's film reminds us that once there was a man whose work made no distinction between the two. show more

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