I Am a Camera
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I Am a Camera

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In the words of the Herald-Tribune, the play "looks at life in a tawdry Berlin rooming house of 1930 with a stringently photographic eye. For the most part, it concerns itself with the mercurial and irresponsible moods of a girl called Sally Bowles. When we first meet her, she is a creature of extravagant attitudes, given to parading her vices, enormously confident that sh...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by Dramatists Play Service (first published 1954)
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Inspired by a recent local performance of “Cabaret”, I revisited this 1951 stage adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s “The Berlin Stories”, which later turned into the original musical “Cabaret”, which later became the movie, which then became a SECOND version of the musical (the version I recently saw) incorporating a few of the new songs written from the film. So, to recap:

As far as “I Am a Camera” (the 1951 stage drama) goes, it suffers from the same problem of many other "Berlin Stories" ev...more
I enjoyed reading this a great deal, and I think it would be quite effective on stage in a rather traditional way, but as a translation of Isherwood's work it suffers by comparison. Goodbye to Berlin gives impression, atmosphere, vision, character -- but no answers, nothing simple, just people living, well or poorly, in the midst of great change or chaos which they cannot comprehend. Isherwood wrote as the 30s was happening, he did not know what would come of it, he saw things occur and describe...more
Deb Oestreicher
Inspired to read this because we recently saw an outstanding production of Cabaret. Very readable and interesting to trace the adaptation process from Isherwood's Berlin Stories, to this, to the musical.
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“I am a camera, with its shutter open, quite passive. Some day all of this will have to be will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed.” 3 likes
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