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Bertolt Brecht's BAAL ~ (1982) ~ David Bowie, ZoŽ Wanamaker, Robert Austin, Jonathan Kent


Bertolt Brecht's BAAL ~ (1982) ~ David Bowie, Zoë Wanamaker, Robert Austin, Jonathan Kent


In August 1981, Bowie had begun rehearsals to appear in the BBC version of Baal .

The lyrics to the songs were all translated by Ralph Manheim and John Willett. Dominic Muldowney provided all new musical settings, except for " The Drowned Girl ", which was a setting by Kurt Weill done originally for Das Berliner Requiem.

In September 1981, Bowie and Tony Visconti returned to the Hansa studios in Berlin to re-record the five songs Baal performed in the play.

" Baal’s Hymn " is a combination of the vignettes spread throughout the play and establishes Baal’s amoral character.

" Remembering Marie A " concerns Baal’s reminiscences of a past conquest, where he can remember a cloud drifting overhead but not the face of the girl he was with.

" Ballad of the Adventurers " is Baal’s aggressive lament to the death of his mother. " The Drowned Girl " relates the suicide of one of Baal’s conquests – a video clip for this song was shot by David Mallet at the same time as the one for " Wild is the Wind ". " The Dirty Song " is a short number, with Baal humiliating his lover Sophie.

Baal is a young amoral rebellious poetic genius who, after a short and eventful life of debauchery, betrayal and violence, is about to cut his ties to the world and meet his doom. A high society party is where the end begins.


  • David Bowie ... Baal
  • Robert Austin ... Mech
  • Zoë Wanamaker ... Sophie
  • Jonathan Kent ... Eckart
  • Russell Wootton ... Piller
  • Tracey Childs ... Johanna
  • Julian Wadham ... Johannes
  • Juliet Hammond ...Emilie (as Juliet Hammond-Hill)


Excellent pro-shot capture with beautiful color and sound.    (A)

Year(s): 03.02.82

Format: DVD

Run time: 64m

Country: UK

Language: English

B&W / Color: Color

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