The Life Story of Baal

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Brecht never produced a fully revised version of this, his first play, and so the text can be considered fair game for further work. Bennett hasn't simply filmed it, but has risen to the challenge of producing a reading of it. Brecht at one level retains sympathy for Baal; Bennett never does. He reformulates the play as a powerful critique of the notion of the artist as a kind of social outlaw, and resolves the sexual, moral and political issues into urgent, provocative questions.

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Duration: 58 mins

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Director: Edward Bennett
Screenwriter: Edward Bennett, Ben Brewster
Cast: Neil Johnston
Patti Love
Jeff Rawle
Nick Edmett
Dinah Stabb
Roger Booth
Timothy Spall
Jim Broadbent
Caroline Heller
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