) and William Golding (1963's Lord of the Flies
), both of which enact their source material in unsparing black-and-white. But then he also made more sumptuous, Technicolor-exciting works like The Beggar's Opera
(1953), an adaptation of the John Gay ballad opera (which itself later inspired Brecht's The Threepenny Opera
). BAMcinématek's two-week series on Brook, presented in conjunction with the Next Wave run of the director's stage work Battlefield
, takes a tour through Brook's inspired adaptations, which include a collaboration with Hiroshima Mon Amour
screenwriter Marguerite Duras (1960's Moderato Cantabile
, starring Jeanne Moreau and Jean-Paul Belmondo and adapted from Duras's book of the same name) and a committed realization of Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade
(1967), set in a nineteenth-century French asylum.
"Peter Brook: Behind the Camera" runs through October 20 at BAMcinématek. Click here for the screening schedule.
The director Peter Brook has never met a landmark literary text he didn't want to strip down or spice up for the screen. There are his famously stark renderings of Shakespeare (1971's