|Peter Brook: The Tightrope
A film by Simon Brook
83 minutes, documentary, color, 2013
Peter Brook is one of the world's most respected and revolutionary directors of contemporary theatre. To help his actors achieve extraordinary performances, he has a special exercise, 'the Tightrope,' that evolved over decades of experimentation and practice into a process of transformation that revitalizes the theatrical experience for actor and audience alike. In this unique film, director Simon Brook - Peter's son - reveals how 'the Tightrope' works its dramatic alchemy.
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"A concise new documentary offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes...the audience has a sense of witnessing intimate moments rather than watching a performance. Peter Brook's interest has always been in the ritual roots and mythical resonances of the theater, and the idea of acting he articulates in 'The Tightrope' has a primal, even mystical tenor. He speaks of access to a collective brain, of grasping the essence of time and of the ways the theater can offer a heightened experience of life." - The New York Times
"CRITIC'S PICK! For the past 50-plus years, Brook refused to allow rehearsals to be filmed. 'The Tightrope,' however, changes this. Throughout the film Brook offers himself as a teacher whose goal is to help his students discover brief, ephemeral moments of bliss."
"The Tightrope' is one heck of a master-class; it's also one really revealing window into why Peter Brook's legend in the theater is such a large one." - NPR
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