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Antigone by Jean Anouilh

Antigone (edition 1947)

by Jean Anouilh

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Authors:Jean Anouilh
Info:La Table ronde (1947), Broché, 122 pages
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Antigone by Jean Anouilh

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Il existe une version lue par Anouilh à se procurer absolument ! ( )
  jd.crouhy | Sep 7, 2011 |
A beautiful play of bravery. In a short play, it will you amused, happy, sad and crying. If you have never read a play before, this would be a great one to start with. ( )
  Zohrab | Mar 7, 2008 |
The Samuel French Actor's Edition completely mangles Anouilh's brilliant work. It's mercilessly adapted by cutting out and reconfiguring many of the scenes - for example, since Ismene was played by a younger actress in this particular edition, there are many references to her being Antigone's younger sister. That, in turn, takes a lot of power out of their scene towards the beginning of the play. Galantiere is a wonderful translator, but find a different edition if you want to read his actual, true-to-Anouilh translation. ( )
  391 | Feb 18, 2008 |
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Bray, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galantiere, LewisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meier, DieterEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jean Anouilh, one of the foremost French playwrights of the twentieth century, replaced the mundane realist works of the previous era with his innovative dramas, which exploit fantasy, tragic passion, scenic poetry and cosmic leaps in time and space. Antigone, his best-known play, was performed in 1944 in Nazi-controlled Paris and provoked fierce controversy. In his allegorical tale, Antigone defies the tyrant Creon and is sent to her death. Antigone conveyed to Anouilh's compatriots a covert message of heroic resistance to Nazi occupation; but the author's characterisaation of Creon also seemed to exonerate Marshal Petain and his fellow collaborators. More ambivalent than his ancient model, Sophocles, Anouilh uses Greek myth to explore the disturbing moral dilemmas of our times.

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Antigone was originally produced in Paris in 1942, when France was occupied by Hitler's Army. It depicts an authoritarian regime mirroring the predicament of the French people of the time. It is based on the Greek tragedy by Sophocles.

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