Theater of War
Theater of War (2008)

Bertolt Brecht's +Mother Courage and Her Children is widely regarded as one of the most important plays of the 20th century and a powerful, punishing statement of protest against the grim folly of war. Brecht's drama is often staged… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Engrossing and timely, this crackles with ideas about art, politics, religion, and the terrible costs of war.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Theater of War, Walter's invigorating film, asserts the value of Brecht -- and the power of art -- for our troubled times.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The delights were in seeing arguably America's greatest actress, Streep, going through the clunky process of rehearsing while telling us how she interpreted her role.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

For theater lovers in general, this documentary -- a look at a high-powered production of a modern classic and a chance to watch Meryl Streep build a character -- is intriguing and educational. For partisans of Bertolt Brecht, it's mandatory.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

As a onetime dramaturg and Brechtian, I enjoyed the chin-wags and the glimpses of Streep in rehearsal -- especially her quivering admission that she can't bear the thought of anyone seeing her process.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Mildly engaging with brief moments of insight, but it's mostly a missed opportunity to dig deeper into the play's sociopolitical relevance to the world of today

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

All of this makes an interesting, if not gripping, film about the play, the playwright and the lead-up work to a stage production. It also leaves me wanting a great deal more.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Theater of War, while informative, feels more like a trailer for Mother Courage than a film of its own.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A thought-provoking documentary about the life and work of Bertolt Brecht and the 2006 Public Theatre's presentation of Mother Courage and Her Children

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