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Saturday, December 15, 2018
nathan with strings
Nikolaus Habjan shines a light on religious fundamentalism in Nathan der Weise. With refugees reaching Europe in record numbers, it often seems that the humanistic approach is under fire. Yet strife in the Middle East and pleas for tolerance are as old as the hills, as the Volkstheater’s adaption of the classic Nathan der Weise (Nathan the Wise) shows. Written...
Twelfth night
The Bard’s illustrious comedy of errors makes landfall in Vienna. With lust, jealousy, deception, inebriation and greed all tied up in a convoluted yet charming love story, Shakespeare’s beloved farce Twelfth Night certainly lives up to its alternate title What You Will. Leaving no human vice untapped, TNT Britain and the American Drama Group Europe make a stop on their...
sigmund freud
Award-winning Viennese writer Robert Seethaler's bestselling novel, The Tobacconist, tackles coming of age on the eve of war and shows a sentimental side of Freud. Robert Seethaler didn’t plan to become a novelist. An established character actor on stage and screen (most recently opposite Rachel Weisz in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth), he began writing novels while studying for a degree in...
the revenge of analog
The desire for real things in real time lies deep in the human psyche argues David Sax in The Revenge of Analog. Evenings, after supper, my father loved to listen to music. Gently removing a record from the sleeve, he would place it on the turntable and, equally as tenderly, place the needle carefully in the groove.  I would wait,...
The Vanquished
In The Vanquished, Robert Gerwarth attempts a more nuanced look at WW1 and why the carnage didn’t end in 1918. On September 11, 1919, Gabriele D’Annunzio, one of the most brilliant Italian poets of his day and a decorated war hero, drove to Fiume in a bright red Fiat. Leading an army of 2,000 irregulars, formed ad hoc, he set...
Shōchiku
Societal upheaval, as shown by Japanese cinema. Influenced by the French nouvelle vague and a budding generation gap as postwar children came of age, Japanese cinema underwent tectonic changes during the late 1950s and 1960s. Facing commercial and cultural irrelevance after youth-oriented blockbusters by rivals, Shōchiku, Japan’s oldest film studio, decided to break tradition by proclaiming a “new wave” of...
Wiener festwochen
The Wiener Festwochen push the envelope with a new co-director setting the tone Being voted “most-livable” city can be a double-edged sword. Every metropolis has its charms – a heady mix of unique tastes and memorable experiences. Living up to such an accolade isn’t easy. What sets Vienna apart is the sheer number of world-class events, many of them offered for...
The Third Man
Graham Greene’s The Third Man: An iconic portrait of gloom and corruption in Austria’s postwar capital Great cities have their architectural icons, the Eiffel Tower presiding over the City of Light, Big Ben brooding beside the Mother of Parliaments, the Empire State Building still dominating Manhattan’s thrusting skyline. Vienna has its own splendid pile, the gothic Stephansdom whose single spire...
Abel Ferrara recreates the final day of the Italian poet, film director and political radical Never one to shy away from controversy, director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant,The Funeral) pays tribute to one of his cinematic heroes: Italian iconoclast Pier Paolo Pasolini, who also shocked audiences with graphic depictions of sex and violence (albeit in a more conceptualized manner). Frequent collaborator...
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