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Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (1998)

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Depicts the consumerism of the mythical city of Mahagonny, conveying all its ripe decadence. A Hollywood Babylon full of pyramidal towers, carved elephants, commodified sex and licensed gluttony.

Director:

Brian Large

Writer:

Bertolt Brecht (libretto)
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Gwyneth Jones Gwyneth Jones ... Leokadja Begbick
Cornelius Smith Cornelius Smith ... Fatty
Wilbur Pauley ... Trinity Moses
Catherine Malfitano Catherine Malfitano ... Jenny Smith
Jerry Hadley Jerry Hadley ... Jimmy
Udo Holdorf Udo Holdorf ... Jake Schmidt
Dale Duesing Dale Duesing ... Pennybank Bill
Harry Peeters Harry Peeters ... Alaska Wolf Joe
Toby Spence Toby Spence ... Tobby Higgins
Annabel von Arnim Annabel von Arnim ... Woman
June Card June Card ... Woman
Sona MacDonald Sona MacDonald ... Woman
Stella Fürst Stella Fürst ... Woman
Barbara Hannigan Barbara Hannigan ... Woman
Zazie De Paris ... Woman
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Depicts the consumerism of the mythical city of Mahagonny, conveying all its ripe decadence. A Hollywood Babylon full of pyramidal towers, carved elephants, commodified sex and licensed gluttony.

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Austria

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German | English

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Version of Mahagonnyn kaupungin nousu ja tuho (1993) See more »

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Brecht the Preacher
31 October 2006 | by timsvendorsSee all my reviews

Gyron's review is quite good. I'll just add a couple points.

I don't agree that "Jimmy" running out and harassing the audience is something good. Who needs that? But this is consistent with Brecht's philosophy of the stage, even if that touch wasn't actually specified. The theater is not there to entertain an audience (while perhaps offering insights along the way), but its purpose is to instruct and regiment. This leads to endless tendentious little explanations, just to make sure you "get it." Leftists claim they object to rightists "wanting to impose their values" but Brecht, a Communist, does nothing but tediously impose his values. His plays are really sermons.

BTW, as far as "showing the evils of Capitalism," this is a bit simplistic, but in addition: then Brecht was a supreme hypocrite. He made sure he was well-paid and that his royalties were secure by being owned by a Frankfurt publisher, not a DDR one. See chapter on Brecht in Paul Johnson's Intellectuals.


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