Friday, February 17, 2006

Something I Found

Disturbing information about THE MATRIX:

The Matrix is based on the 1968 East German play Wirklichkeit ist eine Illusion, also lassen Sie uns sprechen R├Ątsel, Eintragfaden-Polizei und Tanzkampf ("Reality is an Illusion, so Let Us Speak Riddles, Shoot Police and Dancefight"). The original live production ended with a stunning dance sequence (set to Wagner's Nightsong of the Gun Mechs) which the Wachowski brothers have set side in favor of a silly RoboCopesque sky-shooting fireworks display that resembles an inner-city New Year's Eve celebration from the year 2214.

Dammit! I try to avoid East German plays!

Something most folks don't realize is that the "grunge" look that was popular about a decade ago was actually invented by the German Communist playwright Bertholt Brecht. This comrade had a West German publisher, an Austrian passport, a Swiss bank account, and an East German theatre company with hot and cold running actresses.

Nice work if you can get it, I suppose.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.

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