[Marxism] The Return of Stefan Zweig » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Ernest Leif ernestleif at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 12:16:47 MDT 2014

Good read. Ophuls is one of my favorites, and much more of a political
filmmaker than he's given credit for, at least regarding his treatment of

The Nazi's of course loathed him, not only for being Jewish, but for being
on the left, and lastly for chasing gentile women, and getting chased

His son's film "The Sorrow And the Pity" is one of the greatest
documentary's ever made. I'm sure most on this list have seen it.

Anderson, who I'm no fan of, constantly pays homage to Ophuls' form, with
his tracking shots and moving camera. It's kind of like Tarentino naming
his company after a Godard film - all form no content...


On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:14 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

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> When a publicist from IFC invited me to a press screening of Patrice
> Leconte’s “A Promise” (the film opens Friday in NY), I could not resist.
> Leconte was one of my favorite directors and I considered his “Ridicule” a
> masterpiece. Since IFC described “A Promise” as a tale about a young man of
> humble origins taking up a clerical post in a German steel factory at the
> beginning of WWI, it sounded as if Leconte had returned to the concerns of
> “Ridicule”, a film that pitted a minor aristocrat in pre-revolutionary
> France against the snobbery and authoritarianism of Louis XIV’s court. It
> seemed all the more promising (no pun intended) given the screenplay’s
> origins as a Stefan Zweig novella titled “Journey into the Past”. I was
> aware that there was something of a Stefan Zweig revival afoot, reflected
> by Wes Anderson’s homage to him in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and new
> editions of his fiction and nonfiction work from both New York Review of
> Books and Pushkin Press, a boutique publisher specializing in fine
> literature.
> This much I knew about Stefan Zweig. He was the quintessential fin de
> siècle author from the quintessential fin de siècle city—Vienna. He was a
> pacifist who opposed WWI and a Jew who fled Nazi Germany. He was also
> connected to a wide range of intellectuals and public figures, ranging from
> the Zionist Theodor Herzl to Richard Strauss, the German composer who had
> an ambivalent relationship to the Third Reich but who stood by Zweig when
> it came to including his librettist’s name in a programme. He was
> particularly close to Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler and Romain Rolland,
> three other key figures from fin de siècle Vienna. After relocating to
> Brazil, Stefan Zweig and his wife committed suicide together. Like fellow
> Jew Walter Benjamin, he succumbed to despair.
> full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/21/the-return-of-stefan-zweig/
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