A slightly ironical description of the colony of German artists in Los Angeles, who had to leave their country during the Nazi-regime. A young playwriter (von Horvath) joins them and finds out, that there are gaps between the artistical attitudes and the real live behavior of authors like Thomas or Heinrich Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger or Bertold Brecht. Written by
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This television production leaves out one of the original stage play's most controversial lines, when the hero, overhearing the theme music from "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), patronizingly remarks, "Ah! The kitsch of Hollywood!" - a very strange remark to make about either Franz Waxman's acclaimed music or Billy Wilder's savage film. Ironically, many years later, the author of "Tales From Hollywood", Christopher Hampton, collaborated (as librettist and lyric-writer) on Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical based on the Wilder film, which many felt had indeed reduced a brilliant screen original to the level of theatrical kitsch. See more
It's this disgusting passivity... You people don't realize that it's not enough in the theatre to interpret the world anymore. You have to change it!
Odon von Horvath
I really think you underestimate the people's intelligence. They don't want blue-prints, they don't want instructions... They've been told everyday what to do; they don't want to go to the theatre and be told what to do all over again: they want to be shown who they are!
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