This analysis of four major productions by Erwin Piscator,
Hoppla, Rasputin, Schweik and
Konjunktur (1927/28), examines the nature of his pioneering visual effects. The films, projections, cartoons, elaborate sets and machinery - here designated 'visual aids' - are shown to have a didactic function. They 'frame' the action politically, thus evolving a sophisticated new theatrical method. Comparison with Brecht's work establishes differences of emphasis in the approach to a common goal. Piscator's montage of disparate elements is seen as a vital contribution to epic theatre.
Frankfurt/M., Bern, New York, Paris, 1990. 306 pp., 5 ill.
Contents: Stages of politicisation: New methods - Sichtbarmachung - Hoppla: detailed analysis of the production - Rasputin:
didactic film, dramatic film, film commentary - Schweik: cartoons - Konjunktur: the construction of the set.