Hamlet and The Life of Galileo


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In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

The early 1930s were years of commitment and turmoil for Brecht. With the Lehrstücke he was experimenting with revolutionary forms in which to present his new subject matter. He lost his legal battle for artistic control of the Threepenny Opera film, which premiered shortly after his own stage production of Man Equals Man in 1931. Following successful productions of Mahagonny and The Mother in the same year, the film Kuhle Wampe was banned until changes were made, the government-approved version finally opening in Berlin on 30 May 1932. During this period a radio broadcast of Saint Joan of the Stockyards was aired. Late in 1932 and into 1933 Brecht was attending lectures given by Karl Korsch; these led to the workshops on dialectical materialism held in Brecht's home. But on 28 February 1933, the day after the Reichstag fire, Brecht, Helene Weigel, and their son Stefan left for Prague, beginning their long period of exile; their daughter Barbara soon joined them.

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