The Third Path

A third way of dealing with this kind of material is a documentary approach.  Venice Saved is about a state catastrophe that doesn’t happen, or one that turns into a personal catastrophe.  To look at this in that way requires the assumption that Venice was sacked after all …

Levine: what does the extra information do?  You can imagine this as a two-person scene, or even a monologue, but there’s an extra element of context, what does this change?

Does it prevent us from being lost in the personal dramatic elements.

There are also different points of view in the context …

Levine: but it would seem like having sympathy for people is a basic part of political theatre?  Does this help?

I want it to be mediated, worked through, not this self-conscious presentationalism & condescending …

Levine: does it add to the sympathy when her human story is being haggled over?

It’s useful in terms of telling the story, but it pulls back from the emotion.

It also makes it possible to see the victim in a different, more flexible light.


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