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Introduction to Neo-Classic Tragedy (03:39)


Phèdre came to Athens to marry Thésée and become step-mother to Hippolyte. Paul-Emile Deiber considers neo-classicism internalized intense feelings. The director taught the American actors how to breathe and the rhythms of Jean Racine's famous play.

"Phèdre": The Confession (03:45)

Phèdre confesses her love of Hippolyte to Oenone. Sarah Bernhardt performs a speech in French. Beatrice Straight completes the tirade in English.

"Phèdre": Oenone Leads Thésée Astray (04:32)

Mildred Dunnock convinces Thésée that Hippolyte attempted to seduce Phèdre. The stepmother takes poison and dies grieving the death of Hippolyte.

Credits: Aspects of Neo-Classic Theater: Racine's Phèdre (00:25)

Credits: Aspects of Neo-Classic Theater: Racine's Phèdre

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Aspects of Neo-Classic Theater: Racine's Phèdre

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With excerpts from the IASTA production of Phèdre, directed by Paul-Emile Deiber, this video illustrates why Jean Racine's play is the definitive masterpiece of neo-classic style in theater.

Length: 14 minutes

Item#: BVL133063

ISBN: 978-1-64023-846-6

Copyright date: ©1972

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