Prater Violet by Christopher Isherwood download in pdf, ePub, iPad
Two days and much recent reading submerged in images of the two world wars, and the stories of the people who started and suffered from them. That part of the story is icy and fierce. Just as Isherwood translates Bergmann's poor English into film script, Isherwood comes to understand the true horror of Nazism through Bergmann's fear for his family in Austria.
Friedrich Bergmann is a film director. It covers up the dirty syphilitic sore with rose leaves, with the petals of this hypocritical reactionary violet. But it is also a father-and-son movie.
And so begins a whirlwind of frayed tempers and clashing egos, of crass studio nonsense v. The cigar somehow completed Chatsworth. As Hitler lays the foundation for war, movie executives such as Mr Chatsworth stress over the timely production of the film Prater Violet. The studio becomes increasingly self-absorbed with its Prater Violet confection, ignoring the all too real horror story looming in Europe for Bergmann's Viennese family.
Touring the gleaming new glass dome of the Reichstag that replaces the one damaged in the probably Nazi-set fire of and again later in the Allied bombing. Isherwood wrote or at least published this right after the war, and his Bergmann predicts all the disaster that looms in front of Europe. He sees life as a quest for efficiency through establishing patterns. As he puffed it, he seemed to grow larger than life-size.
European art house sensibilities. Bergmann is a true visionary, tragically aware of the personal sacrifices required in artistic professional life. Christopher is cheap and malleable - perfect bait for the shark-like producers to throw to the film's temperamental Viennese, Jewish director Friedrich Bergmann.
It definitely aids Dollfuss and Starhemberg, and Fey and all their gangsters. So this felt like a continuation of living as much in the last century as in this one.
He is a close observer of the film-making process and the gathering war. It is a story that questions the political and moral responsibilities of modern life. Eventually he becomes frustrated by his rather passive role in life, but finds consolation in the dramatic personalities he meets.
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