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Balázs, Béla 1884-1949

Works: 418 works in 1,874 publications in 18 languages and 17,286 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Film adaptations  Musical films  Motion pictures  History  Filmed operas  Live sound recordings  Biography  Songs 
Roles: Librettist, Author, Author of screenplay, Adapter, Translator, Other, Creator, Scenarist, Contributor, Composer, Dedicator, Scribe, Editor, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: M1500.B37, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Béla Balázs
Bluebeard's castle by Béla Bartók( )

110 editions published between 1963 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opening scene (13:41) -- First door: Bluebeard's torture chamber (3:57) -- Second door: the armoury (4:03) -- Third door: the treasury (2:30) -- Fourth door: the secret garden (4:48) -- Fifth door: Bluebeard's kingdom (5:45) -- Sixth door: the lake of tears (12:06) -- Seventh door: Bluebeard's former wives (9:00)
The cloak of dreams : Chinese fairy tales by Béla Balázs( )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""A splendid modern work ... What baroque dreams, grotesque scenes, ghostly, ridiculous, strange, and chilling brainstorms! ... All of this is remarkable, original, and uncanny ... I recommend that readers go and find some good time to spend with this beautiful book."--Thomas Mann." ""Flirting with aestheticism and exoticism, Bela Balazs's fairy tales draw their power from an oracular voice that traces paths of desire, dread, rapture, and sorrow, A master stylist, Balazs puts us in touch with the sublime through velvety prose that mimics the brush strokes of master calligraphers. Jack Zipes's introduction tells its own fascinating tale about how a Hungarian writer and intellectual found redemption in fairy tales."--Maria Tatar, author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in childhood." ""These fairy tales are wonderful, touching, and fantastic--you can feel the giddy liberty Balazs gave himself in writing them. I enthusiastically recommend them to anyone who can still feel the pleasure of being kidnapped by fantasy and being taken away to a land that is both vividly colored and intellectually curious. The collection is a delight and Jack Zipes's introduction is splendid"--Andrei Codrescu, author of the Post-human Dada Guide." ""This translation of what Thomas Mann called a b̀eautiful book' will enchant readers. Balazs creates a world of dreams in which the alienation of man from woman and soul from body is imaginatively overcome."--Lee Congdon, James Madison University." ""A poer in many genres--verse, drama, short stories, tales, novels, diaries, memoirs, philosophy, films, and film theory--Bela Balazs was one of the great dreamers of Hungary's sensational fin-de-siede generation. His long journey from Szeged. Hungary, led him through Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, and Moscow, and back to Budapest. These Chinese fairy tales reflect Balazs's wisdom, his powers of visual imagery, psychological insight, and playfulness."--Tibor Frank, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest." ""An astonishing find that deserves to be brought to light. The translations are beautifully poetic and a joy to read."--Anton Kaes, University of California, Berkeley." ""These wonderful and bizarre tales are at once complex and simple. I found myself rereading several and discovering each time some new and wondrous twist and detail."--Noram. Alter, Temple University" "A man is changed into a flea and must bring his future parents together in order to become human again. A woman convinces a river god to cure her sick son, but the remedy has mixed consequences. A young man must choose whether to be close to his wife's soul or body. And two deaf mutes transcend their physical existence in the garden of dreams. Strange and fantastical, these fairy tales of Bela Balazs (1884-1949), Hungarian writer, film critic, and famous librettist of Bluebeard's Castle, reflect his profound interest in friendship, alienation, and Taoist philosophy. Translated and introduced by Jack Zipes, one of the world's leading authorities on fairy tales, The Cloak of Dreams brings together sixteen of Balazs's unique and haunting stories." "Written in 1921, these fairy tales were originally published with twenty images drawn in the Chinese style by painter Mariette Lydis, and this new edition includes a selection of Lydis's brilliant illustrations. Together, the tales and pictures accentuate the motifs and themes that run throughout Balazs's work: wandering protagonists, mysterious woods and mountains, solitude, and magical transformation. His fairy tales express our deepest desires and the hope that, even in the midst of tragedy, we can transcend our difficulties and forge our own destinies." "Unusual, wondrous fairy tales that examine the world's cruelties and twists of fate, The Cloak of Dreams will entertain, startle, and intrigue."--Jacket
Herzog Blaubarts Burg : Oper in einem Akt by Béla Bartók( )

143 editions published between 1901 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A kékszakállú herceg vára = Bluebeard's castle by Béla Bartók( )

29 editions published between 1970 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 1,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die 3groschenoper = The threepenny opera by Kurt Weill( Visual )

48 editions published between 1931 and 2008 in German and English and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The threepenny opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With a palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The threepenny opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema."--Container
Theory of the film : character and growth of a new art by Béla Balázs( Book )

48 editions published between 1931 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author, in this new edition of a 1945 classic on film theory, proposes that films have a greater influence on the minds of the general public than any other art form; therefore, a careful study of film is necessary to control and direct its potential influence. He delineates the early history of films, pointing out that not until 10 or 12 years after the invention of the motion picture camera did a truly visual language begin to emerge. He traces the development of this visual language and examines the unique devices of silent films. He uses his knowledge of international film classics to analyze the effects and techniques of the silent film, concentrating on the powerful combination of the close-up shot and the skillful actor's face. Camera setups and photographic techniques, as well as editing techniques such as cross cutting and montages, are fully explored and illustrated. He describes attempts to emancipate films from their literary content in order to reach a higher level of abstraction. He feels that the great potential of sound films has yet to be realized. He presents his ideas on the problems encountered in the use of sound and color, on writing for or adapting existing literary works for films, on the differences between style and stylization, on film operas, and on the emergence of the screen idol. (Jy)
Béla Balázs : early film theory : Visible man and the spirit of film by Béla Balázs( Book )

57 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Béla Balázs was a Hungarian Jewish film theorist, author, screenwriter and film director who was at the forefront of Hungarian literary life before being forced into exile for Communist activity after 1919. His German-language theoretical essays on film date from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s, the period of his early exile in Vienna and Berlin."--Pub. desc
The wooden prince : for solo piano : op. 13 : the composer's original piano transcription of his complete music for Béla Balázs' dance-play in one act by Béla Bartók( )

60 editions published between 1921 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Duke Bluebeard's castle by Béla Bartók( Recording )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in Hungarian and English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded live at St. David's Hall, Cardiff, January 11, 1992
Bluebeard's castle : op. 11 : opera in one act by Béla Bartók( )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in Hungarian and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stage works by Béla Bartók( )

4 editions published between 1967 and 2000 in Hungarian and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wooden prince ; Dance suite by Béla Bartók( )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1994 and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bluebeard's castle, op. 11 by Béla Bartók( )

5 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in Hungarian and English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Château de Barbe-Bleue = Bluebeard's castle by Béla Bartók( )

2 editions published in 2006 in Hungarian and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bluebeard's Castle : opera by Béla Bartók( )

in Japanese and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boulez conducts Bartók, Scriabin by Pierre Boulez( )

2 editions published in 2009 in Slovak and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herzog Blaubarts Burg : op. 11 : Oper in einem Akt by Béla Bartók( )

2 editions published in 2015 in Hungarian and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der sichtbare Mensch : oder, Die Kultur des Films by Béla Balázs( Book )

34 editions published between 1924 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met bijdrage over Charles Chaplin en Asta Nielsen. - Ook aanwezig in: 'Der sichtbare Mensch, Kritiken und Aufsätze 1922-1926'. - München : Hanser ; [etc.], cop. 1982. Ook aanwezig in: Der sichtbare Mensch : eine Film-Dramaturgie. - 2. Aufl. - Halle (Saale) : Verlagsbuchhandlung Wilhelm Knapp
Der Film; Werden und Wesen einer neuen Kunst by Béla Balázs( Book )

44 editions published between 1948 and 1980 in 5 languages and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bluebeard's castle : an opera in one act by Béla Bartók( Visual )

18 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bluebeard brings his new wife into the hall of his castle, where she discovers seven large doors. One by one, the secrets behind each door are revealed
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The cloak of dreams : Chinese fairy tales
Alternative Names
Balaš, Bela.

Balaš, Bela 1884-1949

Balaš, Bella 1884-1949

Balash, Bela

Balash, Bela 1884-1949

Balász, Béla 1884-1949



Balázs 1884-1949

Balázs, B.

Balázs, Béla

Bálázs, Béla 1884-1949

Bauer, Herbert.

Bauer Herbert 1884-1949

Bela Balaj

Béla Balázs

Béla Balázs écrivain hongrois

Béla Balázs escriptor hongarès

Béla Balázs escritor húngaro

Béla Balázs Hongaars dichter (1884-1949)

Béla Balázs Hungarian writer

Béla Balázs poeta, scrittore, regista e sceneggiatore ungherese

Béla Balázs scriitor maghiar

Béla Balázs ungarisch-jüdischer Filmkritiker, Ästhetiker, Schriftsteller und Dichter

Béla Balázs ungarsk digter (1884-1949)

Béla Balázs węgierski krytyk filmowy, pisarz i poeta

Belazs, Bela 1884-1949

Балаш, Бела.

Бела Балаж венгерский писатель и поэт

Бела Балаш

Բելա Բալաշ հունգարացի գրող

בלה בלז' סופר הונגרי

بلا بالاژ

بيلا بالاش، 1884-1949

بيلا بالاش كاتب مجري

발라즈, 벨라 1884-1949



Herzog Blaubarts Burg : Oper in einem AktDie 3groschenoper = The threepenny operaBéla Balázs : early film theory : Visible man and the spirit of filmThe wooden prince : for solo piano : op. 13 : the composer's original piano transcription of his complete music for Béla Balázs' dance-play in one actDuke Bluebeard's castle