Engrossing and timely, this crackles with ideas about art, politics, religion, and the terrible costs of war. full review
For theater lovers in general, this documentary -- a look at a high-powered production of a modern classic and a chance to watch Meryl Streep build a character -- is intriguing and educational. For partisans of Bertolt Brecht, it's mandatory. full review
All of this makes an interesting, if not gripping, film about the play, the playwright and the lead-up work to a stage production. It also leaves me wanting a great deal more. full review
Theater of War, Walter's invigorating film, asserts the value of Brecht -- and the power of art -- for our troubled times. full review
As a onetime dramaturg and Brechtian, I enjoyed the chin-wags and the glimpses of Streep in rehearsal -- especially her quivering admission that she can't bear the thought of anyone seeing her process. full review
Theater of War, while informative, feels more like a trailer for Mother Courage than a film of its own. full review
In his inspired, inspiring essayistic documentary Theater of War the filmmaker John Walter jumps from art to history and politics and back again.