The Blue Room Criticism

This Study Guide consists of approximately 36 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Blue Room.
This section contains 829 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Blue Room Study Guide

David Hare's The Blue Room has been "freely adapted" from Dr. Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde which in turn was based on a series of two-character sketches Schnitzler wrote in 1896 entitled Reigen. At the time, Schnitzler's scenes were deemed near pornographic. The author claimed he never intended his sketches to be performed publicly but simply to be shared among friends. When the vignettes were finally pulled together on the stage for the first time in Vienna in 1921, police closed the performance. The same year, in Berlin, actors performing the work were hauled into court and subjected to a trial on obscenity charges. In a social turnabout years later, director Max Ophuls's 1950 film version of La Ronde, became a cult classic, an appealing blend of nostalgia, enchantment, and titillation.

Sex still sells, and when word went out in 1998 that the well-known screen siren Nicole Kidman was starring in The Blue...

(read more from the Critical Overview section)

This section contains 829 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Blue Room Study Guide
Copyrights
Drama for Students
The Blue Room from Drama for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.