The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink

The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink

by Pamela Katz


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This fascinating portrait of two of the most brilliant theater artists of the twentieth century—and the women who made their work possible—is set against the explosive years of the Weimar Republic.

Among the most outsized personalities of the sizzling, decadent period between the Great War and the Nazis’ rise to power were the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the avant-garde composer Kurt Weill. These two young geniuses and the three women vital to their work—actresses Lotte Lenya and Helene Weigel and writer Elisabeth Hauptmann—joined talents to create the theatrical masterworks The Threepenny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, only to split in rancor as their culture cracked open and their differences became irreconcilable. The Partnership is the first book to tell the full story of one of the most important creative collaborations of the last century, and the first to give full credit to the women who contributed their enormous gifts. Theirs is a thrilling story of artistic daring entwined with sexual freedom during the Weimar Republic’s most fevered years, a time when art and politics and society were inextricably mixed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385534918
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

PAMELA KATZ is a screenwriter and novelist whose most notable works are films made in collaboration with legendary director Margarethe von Trotta, including Rosenstrasse; The Other Woman; and most recently Hannah Arendt, which received international acclaim, and was selected as one of the New York Times’ Top Ten Films of 2013. Katz teaches screenwriting at NYU's Tisch Graduate Film Program and lives with her family in New York City and Berlin.  

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The First Encounter 3

Chapter 2 Coming of Age 29

Chapter 3 The Women 59

Chapter 4 Moon of Alabama 91

Chapter 5 Off to Mahagonny 114

Chapter 6 The Beggar's Opera 142

Chapter 7 Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer 164

Chapter 8 The Bourgeois Bandit 182

Chapter 9 The Threepenny Opera 208

Chapter 10 Grotesque and Protest 229

Chapter 11 The Beginning of the End 245

Chapter 12 If Someone's Getting Kicked, It'll Be You 272

Chapter 13 Last Time in Germany 296

Chapter 14 Exile 327

Chapter 15 When the Shark Bites 357

Acknowledgments 395

Notes 399

Bibliography 447

Illustration Credits 451

Index 455

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