I Am a Camera

I Am a Camera In the words of the Herald Tribune the play looks at life in a tawdry Berlin rooming house of with a stringently photographic eye For the most part it concerns itself with the mercurial and irr
  • Title: I Am a Camera
  • Author: John Van Druten Christopher Isherwood
  • ISBN: 9780822205456
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • I Am a Camera
    In the words of the Herald Tribune, the play looks at life in a tawdry Berlin rooming house of 1930 with a stringently photographic eye For the most part, it concerns itself with the mercurial and irresponsible moods of a girl called Sally Bowles When we first meet her, she is a creature of extravagant attitudes, given to parading her vices, enormously confident that shIn the words of the Herald Tribune, the play looks at life in a tawdry Berlin rooming house of 1930 with a stringently photographic eye For the most part, it concerns itself with the mercurial and irresponsible moods of a girl called Sally Bowles When we first meet her, she is a creature of extravagant attitudes, given to parading her vices, enormously confident that she is going to take life in her stride She is fond of describing herself as an extraordinary interesting person, and she is vaguely disturbing As we get to know her, as we watch her make frightened arrangements for an illegal operation, seize at the tinseled escape offered by a rich and worthless American playboy, attempt to rehabilitate herself and fail ludicrously, we are and moved, and caught up in the complete and almost unbearable reality of this girl The author has placed a character named Mr Isherwood on the stage He serves both as narrator and as principal confidant to Sally Bowles He is the camera eye of the title, attracted to Sally, yet dispassionate about her Though Sally is the chief point of interest, the plight of the Jew in Germany in the early 30s is brought within focus in a few touching scenes.
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  • I Am A Camera by John Van Druten is a lovely adaptation of Christopher Isherwood s short story, Sally Bowles The play fine tunes the focus on struggling international artists flopping around like out of water fish in Pre WW2 Germany with the metaphor of a camera watching but not really participating until buttons are pushed using emotionally distant language that is somehow poignant This play, Berlin Stories including Sally Bowles , and Cabaret all compliment each other but they also stand alone [...]


  • This play is kind of a wild ride, if you ve read The Berlin Stories and seen Cabaret and have never been on an actual wild ride It s fascinating than it is good, when compared to those two It s interesting to see the bridge, but on its own I wouldn t be particularly into this play.



  • The play that was made of Isherwood s Berlin Diaries and was later transmografied into Cabaret Nothing new if you read the book.


  • I enjoyed reading this a great deal, and I think it would be quite effective on stage in a rather traditional way, but as a translation of Isherwood s work it suffers by comparison Goodbye to Berlin gives impression, atmosphere, vision, character but no answers, nothing simple, just people living, well or poorly, in the midst of great change or chaos which they cannot comprehend Isherwood wrote as the 30s was happening, he did not know what would come of it, he saw things occur and described the [...]


  • Inspired by a recent local performance of Cabaret , I revisited this 1951 stage adaptation of Christopher Isherwood s The Berlin Stories , which later turned into the original musical Cabaret , which later became the movie, which then became a SECOND version of the musical the version I recently saw incorporating a few of the new songs written from the film So, to recap As far as I Am a Camera the 1951 stage drama goes, it suffers from the same problem of many other Berlin Stories evolutions try [...]


  • John Van Druten, even in mid century America, has no time for your heteronormativity, Cabaret His version adamantly demands the relationship between Sally and Chris be platonic and I am so onboard for that I think his central relationship of two people really living on top of each other and loving each other rings authentic I also consider Van Druten one of the the most under appreciated writers of women in theatre I am a huge fan of the Isherwood original, but it is difficult to overstate the w [...]


  • In I Am a Camera, we see the midpoint of evolution for the fictional character of Sally Bowles Born from a fictionalized version of several real people in Christopher Isherwood s Berlin Stories, she takes center stage here as an antiheroine, before evolving into the self destructive deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl archetype so well known from the stage and film versions of Cabaret This is an interesting play, well written and well adapted from the Berlin Stories It is a faithful bu [...]


  • Inspired to read this because we recently saw an outstanding production of Cabaret Very readable and interesting to trace the adaptation process from Isherwood s Berlin Stories, to this, to the musical.





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