FAREWELL, BRECHT’S LAST SUMMER (Jan Schütte, 2000)

More Chekhovian than Brechtian (and just as well, since it isn’t aiming for clever neatness), Abschied—Brechts letzter Sommer depicts the last day of Bertolt Brecht’s vacation in August 1956 before returning to East Berlin. Throughout the film, which Jan Schütte beautifully directed from Klaus Pohl’s superlative script, the German socialist—along with Pirandello and Beckett, one […]