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.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|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.
Visit her website: http://www.pkatz.com/
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
Illustration Credits 451