By Albert Camus
This English version comprises the performs Caligula, The false impression (Le Malentendu), State of Siege (L'État de siège), and The simply Assassins (Les Justes).
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Is this, then, merely the naive wish of a poet? Are we trapped in today’s dramatic art, which is so confining, like a cave that lacks air and light? Certainly, if dramatic art by its nature forbids this escape into less restricted forms, it would indeed be vain to delude ourselves and to expect a renaissance at any moment. But despite the stubborn assertions of certain critics who do not like to have their standards threatened, it is obvious that dramatic art, like all the arts, has before it an unlimited domain, without barriers of any kind to left or right.
Light alone, intelligently handled, gives atmosphere and colour to a set, depth and perspective. Light acts physically on the audience: its magic accentuates, underlines, and marvellously accompanies the inner meaning of a dramatic work. To get excellent results from light, you must not be afraid to use and spread it unevenly. The audience, though it is thrilled by a beautiful stage set skillfully lighted, is not yet at the point where it can forgo discerning clearly the face and slightest gestures of a favorite actor.
However, he was certainly aware of Zola’s theories, and one of his letters refers to Thérèse Raquin as “not a bad play”, while one of his later letters paid distinctive tribute to Ibsen: As I am soon coming to Moscow, please keep a ticket for me for ‘The Pillars of Society’. I want to see the marvellous Norwegian acting, and I will even pay for my seat. You know Ibsen is my favorite writer…. (7 November 1903) Indeed the new approach pioneered by Ibsen directly influenced the change in Chekhov’s drama marked by The Seagull (which was initially attacked for its “Ibsenism”), and having read Strindberg’s Miss Julie some years earlier, he enthusiastically sent a new Russian translation of the play to Gorky in 1899.
Caligula and Three Other Plays by Albert Camus
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