The Theatre of Max Reinhardt

The Theatre of Max Reinhardt

The Theatre of Max Reinhardt

The Theatre of Max Reinhardt

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In this book I propose to survey the process of Max Reinhardt's development, beginning with the forces which were waiting to receive him, and which had been developing from the first STURM und DRANG period onward. I reveal in these forces the tendencies of a nation impelled towards progress in the theatre rather by intellectuality, in the form of a literary and moral ideal, than by artistic intelligence. Thence I pass to the consideration of German and other influences on Max Reinhardt's living individual development, passing in turn from the naturalistic to the realistic movement, thence to the æsthetic and symbolic. In doing so I seek to show that there is no real ground for the charge of plagiarism which has been so unjustly brought against the German producer in this country. From the outset Reinhardt has recognised the great potentialities of the theatre, and for a number of years he has sought to realise them. Many experiments have had to be tried, many systems tested, some things accepted, others rejected. His only crime has been that of working with time and patience, armed with sensibility and great concentration, towards one definite and practi-

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