[Marxism] Fwd: The Radical Internationalism of Stefan Zweig

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 18 07:01:46 MST 2016

Poorly served by Wes Anderson in the “The Grand Budapest Hotel” as a 
comic-opera figure in line with the director’s overripe pastel-colored 
sense of whimsy, Stefan Zweig now reappears in a thoughtful and 
dramatically compelling new film titled “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to 
Europe” that is Austria’s Official Academy Awards Entry for Best Foreign 
Language film. It will certainly garner my vote for the New York Film 
Critics Online awards meeting in early December.

Directed by Maria Schrader who co-wrote the script with Jan Schomburg, 
it is structured as a five-act drama with each act centered on a pivotal 
moment in Zweig’s life in exile, all but one taking place in Latin 
America where he still enjoyed a lofty reputation. For Zweig, the 30s 
were an ordeal both for being forced into exile from his beloved Vienna 
and for having to deal with a painful reality that literary fashion had 
passed him by.


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