The Farewell

2000, Movie, NR, 91 mins

The Farewell
While not exactly a biography of Bertolt Brecht, the poet and playwright who revolutionized 20th-century theater, Jan Schütte's dramatic snapshot of the artist three days before his death offers an interesting bit of speculation as to the issues Brecht faced as his life drew to a close. The setting: Brecht's lakefront country house in Buckow, East Germany, on a hot midsummer's day in August, 1956. With summer vacation at an end, Brecht (Josef Bierbichler) is scheduled to leave for Berlin with second wife Helene "Helli" Weigel (Monica Bleibtreu); Barbara (Birgitt Minichmayr), his teenage daughter; long-time assistant and translator, Elisabeth Hauptmann (Elfriede ...
Released: 2000 Rated: NR Length: 91 mins

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