Miss Julie Essay

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Citing the playwright's background as a photographer and filmmaker, Rokem explains the stagecraft techniques employed by Strindberg in writing Miss Julie.

Stnndberg succeeded in arriving at theatrical effects that resemble the way a photograph "cuts out" a piece of reality: not a symmetrical joining of one wall to the other walls in the house—the basic fourth-wall technique of the realistic theater—but rather an asymmetrical cutting-out. Furthermore, Strindberg used cinematographic techniques resembling zoom, montage, and cut, which are highly significant from the strictly technical point of view and for the meaning of the plays. Historically, photography and movies were making great strides at the time and were art forms to which he himself— as photographer and as movie writer—gave considerable attention and interest. During Stnndberg's lifetime, both The Father and Miss Julie were filmed as silent movies by the director Anna...

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