Brand & Martinez for September 7, 2012

The life of Arthur Schnitzler

Eyes Wide Shut

Warner Bros.

Arthur Schnitzler was a Viennese writer during the late 19th, early 20th century and a contemporary of Sigmund Freud and painter Gustave Klimt.

Like them, he was fascinated by sex and death. And he too was condemned by the Nazis. They branded him as Jewish filth and banned his works.

However, Schnitzler remains influential long after his death in 1931. The playwright Tom Stoppard has adapted several of his works and Stanley Kubrick based his movie Eyes Wide Shut on Schnitzler's novella Dream Story.

Now, he's being celebrated at the Getty in conjunction with its exhibition on Gustav Klimt. On September 9 the museum will present a staged reading of some of his writing.

Madeleine talks to Peter Schnitzler, a grandson of Arthur Schnitzler, about the author's life, his works and his relationship with Hollywood.


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