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The Human Voice: A Play = La Voix Humaine

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"Une femme seule dans une chambre en désordre téléphone à son amant qui vient de la quitter pour une autre.
Published January 1st 1992 by Samuel French Ltd (first published 1930)
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Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), also a successful dramatist, wrote La voix humaine in 1928; the first performance took place two years later at the Comédie-Française in Paris. Francis Poulenc, who knew Cocteau for most of his adult life, wrote an opera for soprano and orchestra in 1958 based on Cocteau's play. Gian Carlo Menotti also wrote an opera based on La voix humaine, and Roberto Rosselini, among others, made film versions of the play. Clearly, it makes an impression.

In La voix hu
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ken Schles, Drowned in Sorrow , 1984

Discurso monológico espartilhado, suspenso, como uma blusa num estendal. O valor, o préstimo e a relevância de um livro não se mensuram através do seu número de páginas, do seu tamanho. O amor é difícil, parente da tristeza.

(Enrola o fio do telefone em volta do pescoço)........................Claro que é preciso desligar, mas custa muito.......................Sim. Ter a ilusão de estarmos abraçados um ao outro e de repente interpor caves, esgotos, uma cida
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro
Hace como diez años vi esta obra de teatro, dirigida e interpretada por Humberto Tortonese, y me pareció excelente.
La voz humana es un monólogo de una mujer desesperada. En realidad, un diálogo telefónico, pero nunca escuchamos la voz de su amante al otro lado del tubo.
Es la última conversación que tendrán: él la dejó, y ella está al borde del suicidio. Por momentos su desesperación causa gracia; por otros, pena y rechazo.
Que me perdone Cocteau, pero la versión de Tortonese me gustó mucho más. S
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first came across this play in Christopher Isherwood's book as he mentioned them coming back to London to see Beatrix performed it. She only did one production of it and it was produced by the man she'd been having an affair with (Bertold Viertel).

The play is definitely one that would rely on the voice of the actress and as such I think Beatrix would have been perfect for it. In the introduction the author says that the woman isn't particularly spectacular in any way, just ordinary and in love
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
ljudski glas - jednochinka.

prepisujem iz predgovora: 'autor voli iskustvo.kako je stekao naviku da se zapita shta je nameravao da uchini poshto je vec video shta je uchinio, to je mozhda, jednostavnije da se on lichno izjasni.
vishe pobuda ga je na navelo da napishe ovu jednochinku:
prvo, tajanstvena pobuda koja podtiche pesnika da pishe i onda kada se sva njegova duboko ukorenjena lenjost tome opire, i nesumnjivo, secanje na jedan razgovor uhvacen na telefonu, ozbiljna neobichnost glasova, beskon
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro
Brevissimo atto unico del 1930 che prevede in scena solo una donna al telefono. Dalle sue parole rivolte all'ex apprendiamo della storia d'amore finita e delle bugie che si racconta per tirare avanti.

Nonostante suoni datato nelle espressioni amorose formali e un po' maschiliste, all'epoca fu innovativo per l'azione centrata sul telefono, che appariva moderno e "freddo": immagino si possa paragonare a certi film di oggi tutti girati sullo schermo di un pc portatile attraverso le chat e i social.
Danielle Lafrance
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livre audio de cette pièce 'à une voix, un acte' de Jean Cocteau, créée en 1930 à la Comédie française
Tomás  Paula
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
.Un beau et intemporal livre. Un scénario réel.
Erin Panjer
Obsessed and severely depressed. Looking toward death.
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A fascinating play about the power of machines and everyday objects.
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Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright and filmmaker. Along with other Surrealists of his generation (Jean Anouilh and René Char for example) Cocteau grappled with the "algebra" of verbal codes old and new, mise en scène language and technologies of modernism to create a paradox: a classical a ...more
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