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Julian Beck (I) (1925–1985)

A bold, innovative, avant-garde figure in theatre who helped revolutionized the style of playwriting and acting in the 1950s and 1960s, actor/writer/producer/directer Julian Beck was certainly a odd-looking sort with his baleful, hollow eyes, stark and skullish features and near-bald dome capped by long fringes of stringy hair along the side. He ... See full bio »

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 1986 Nine 1/2 Weeks
Dinner Guest
 1985 Miami Vice (TV Series)
J. J. Johnston
- The Prodigal Son (1985) ... J. J. Johnston
 1969 Love and Anger
Dying Man (segment "Agonia")
 1968 Emergency (Short)
 1968 Candy
 1968 If Unconscious Revolts (Short)
 1967 Visa de censure n° X (Short)
 1958 Narcissus
Narration (voice)
 1958 Narcissus (first assistant director)
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 1964 The Brig (original play designer)
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 1983 Signals Through the Flames (Documentary)
 1975 The 20th Annual Obie Awards (TV Movie)
Himself - Winner
 1970 Apropos Film (TV Series documentary)
- Episode dated 26 June 1970 (1970) ... Himself
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 2004 Resist!: To Be with the Living (Documentary)

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Wrote a personal journal of his theatrical experiences, particularly those with his Living Theatre Company, in his book "The Life of the Theatre: The Relation of the Artist to the Struggle of the People," published in 1972 by City Lights Books.

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Rhythmically I have tried to capture the tempo of my time, its ecstasy, its hardness, its lyricism, its great variety. The songs are musical, and I took a seat with the rhythm, its fluctuations, and the way in which we make music, which reaches in each poem its own order: repetitions, choruses, instrumental changes, the deposition of the phrases.... Each poem, however, must produce its own music,... See more »


Among his many awards were the Lola D'Annunzio in 1959, the Obie in 1960, the Grand Prix of the Theatre des Nations in 1961, the Brandeis University Creative Arts Award in 1961, and the New England Theatre Conference Award in 1962. See more »

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