Theater of War Poster

Release Date: December 24th, 2008

Not Yet Rated|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 Walter

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Moving, Office, Fascinating, Rise, 2000s, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • All of this makes an interesting, if not gripping, film about the play, the playwright and the lead-up work to a stage production. It also leaves me wanting a great deal more. show more

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

  • 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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