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      The Farewell

      Released Jan 16, 2002 1h 33m Drama List
      71% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 40% Audience Score 250+ Ratings German playwright Bertold Brecht (Josef Bierbichler) invites friends, lovers and artistic collaborators to his summer house. Read More Read Less

      Critics Reviews

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      Marta Barber Miami Herald A gentle film about a lion of a man who, as a communist, was forced to leave Germany, lived almost penniless in Europe and America during the war and returned to his homeland in 1948. Rated: 3/4 Jun 2, 2006 Full Review Bilge Ebiri Citysearch The author's devotees will probably find it fascinating; others may find it baffling. Jan 18, 2002 Full Review John Anderson Newsday Intelligent, caustic take on a great writer and dubious human being. Jan 16, 2002 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 2.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 21, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A well-acted and quiet character study of Brecht that clearly shows why the author was so tired during his last days, but tells little of his art or politics. Rated: B May 11, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A little story that went now Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is seductive in so many ways. It begins slowly and intertwines love affairs, politics, theatre, and bio in a complete tapestry. I cared about the characters and wanted to know more about each of them. That's very rare in nay film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member A boring, bourgeois, posthumous, cowardly attempted hit-job on Brecht (even featuring him passing gas in company). Almost a petty, perverse, malicious, vengeful celebration of Brecht's death. Or rather a post-GDR German liberal/capitalist attempt to nullify/exorcise Brecht the communist devil. Perhaps most telling of all, the film falls far short of even approaching the power of any of Brecht's plays. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member The most important film known to man about the last days of Bertolt Brecht's life. Yeah, that Bertolt Brecht. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis German playwright Bertold Brecht (Josef Bierbichler) invites friends, lovers and artistic collaborators to his summer house.
      Jan Schutte
      Gesche Carstens, Henryk Romanowski, Jan Schutte
      Klaus Pohl
      New Yorker Films
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 16, 2002, Wide
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 33m