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Book Review: Being Freud’s Double

Book Review: Being Freud’s Double

Father of the interior monologue, Arthur Schnitzler was also a pioneer in early writing for film A man leaves his hotel at 3:00, says to the porter: “Do not wake up the lady; I’ll be back in a few hours.” The porter, initially sleepy, becomes suspicious. He goes upstairs, knocks at the door. Complete silence. […]

360: Arthur Schnitzler Revisited

360: Arthur Schnitzler Revisited

The film 360, which premiered in Vienna 17 September, unites the acclaimed talents of screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God). The fourth major adaption of Arthur Schnitzler’s acclaimed 1897 play Reigen for the screen, it joins Max Ophüls 1950s masterpiece La Ronde (with Simone Signoret […]

Hofreiter at Josefstadt

The premiere came on the day of the great downpour. Limousines full of finely-dressed dignitaries stopped traffic for blocks. Under wide umbrellas, jeweled ladies and tailored gentlemen were escorted into Theater in der Josefstadt while uncouth taxi drivers screamed and honked until menaced into silence by mustachioed bodyguards. With the Theater an der Wien, the […]

Arthur Schnitzler: The Subconcious on Stage

With Stefan Zweig and Franz Kafka, Arthur Schnitzler is the last great writer of the Habsburg Monarchy. Born in Vienna in 1862, Schnitzler graduated from the University of Vienna as a medical doctor in 1885. From that point on, he split himself between his work as physician, literary activities and love affairs. He was a […]

Schnitzler at Theater Museum

At the Austrian Theater Museum, a engrossing narration of the world and times of one of Austria’s greatest modern writers, is told through three of his most famous stories: Der Reigen (1897), Lieutenant Güstl (1900) and Fräulein Else (1924). In the intense eroticism of fleeting sexual encounters in Reigen, Schnitzler described the deep sources of […]

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