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Preview — The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade by Peter Weiss
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade
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This is the profound effect "Marat/Sade" had on me.
At first glance, "Marat/Sade" is simply a play within a play. The inmates act out the final days of Marat, while Sade orchestrates the action from outside. The common people- who have withstood the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon without any noticeable improvement of ...more
It isn't an easy play to review. It isn't literature that can be easily dissected to the semi-plot that the title of the play betrays. The beauty comes in the setting. It comes with the distance the main characters place themselves on stage - both physically and as characters. They share monologues, righteous moral standards and a prison between them. The verses are almost always philosophical meditations which can be seen as bunch of pretentious lines or Marxist agenda. As the under ...more
Jim Gottreich, the teacher of sophomore European history, introduced us to the study of the French Revolution which, of course, was so like our own. Looking for role models, I did not much attend to t ...more
The residents of a French asylum reenact the demise and assassination of one of their great revolutionary leaders, Jean-Paul Marat. The director of the asylum is using this art to rehabilitate thes ...more
Weiss thesis that revolutions involve competing madnesses is very compelling. His treatment of French political thought during the period of the French R ...more
Excerpts I liked from the play:
Marat: The important thing
is to pull yourself up by your own hair
to turn yourself inside out
and see the whole world through fresh eyes.
Four Singers: Don't soil your pretty little shoes
the gutter's deep and r ...more
The play itself is one of Sade's swan songs from imprisonment at Charenton, the final imprisonment and the place of his death. In it, the imaginary meeting between the Marquis and Marat is a departure point for Sade, who had said, "It is not my mode of thought that has caused ...more
The play employs Bertolt Brechtian distancing devices. In the prologue, for instance, we are told what the action of the play will be. Much of the exposition comes not from the actors acting, but from a herald who tells us about the characters (and about the asylum inmates playing the roles). The text is divided int ...more
This play is close to my heart and it got that way very quickly. I saw it performed through my drama school, Toi Whakaari last year by a group of my school friends and they did such a great great job. This play is gritty and grimy and terrifying and so strong and forceful. It's definately a must read.
I don't really know what to say that ...more
Weiss makes negative and controversial points about sacred subjects, such as religion and revolution, through insane characters; this comes off as a sort of protection for the author. If anyone complains about the priest jumping t ...more
уже сама назва п'єси варта того, щоб її полюбити, але, як виявилося, в ній і крім назви є багато чудового.
What is more important in the dialogue is the discussions that occur between Jacques Roux, De Sade, Marat, and Corday. This stands as a terrifying reminder that history continues to repeat itself, and asks the question, "are we always completely powerless to stop it?" "Will there always be roles of master/slave, oppressor and oppressed?"
The symbolic significance of each of the characters, i ...more
It is a difficult play to read because it is so theatrical and it seem to me that so much of the power of it depends on the stagecraft. I am not so sure about the philosophy of the play... Marat's impa ...more
Crudo, real y ciertamente muy vigente en la actualidad en muchos aspectos (asusta a veces)
After having read about this play on the internet I'm a little disappointed that I only got to read it instead of watching it because they used a lot of music in the performances.
Still, the book itself is also very interesting and diverse and sometimes even a bit strange with De Sade at some point asking ...more
Weiss' first art exhibition took place in 1936. His first produced play was Der Turm in 1950. In 1952 he joined the Swedish Experimental Film Studio, where he made films for several ...more
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drowns in the total indifference of Nature
Nature herself would watch unmoved
if we destroyed the entire human race
I hate Nature
this passionless spectator this unbreakable iceberg-face
that can bear everything
this goads us to greater and greater acts”