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Nietzsche - A Dangerous Life: An Historical Biography Movie Script About History’s Most Infamous Atheist (Screenplays as Literature Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
Why did the atheist philosopher Nietzsche go insane?A screenplay based on the true story of Friedrich Nietzsche, the scandalous atheist German philosopher who went mad, and his beloved religious sister Elisabeth, who tried to stop him.
Nietzsche, infamous for his statement, “God is dead,” would change the world with his ideas, yet would struggle all his life with sickness, mental illness, the fruitless search for love, and the suffocating devotion of his petty sister, who would ultimately control his destiny.
It was a bond between brother and sister only God could separate.
Their love/hate relationship would affect everything, from his stormy friendship with the famous composer Richard Wagner to his scandalous romance involving the equally scandalous feminist Lou von Salomé.
This is an historical biography of passion and reason, of propriety and taboo, of Christianity versus atheism and the fight of one man against the ticking clock of his own insanity.Nietzsche was one of the most passionate and controversial thinkers history has ever known. Though we know his sad ending as “the mad philosopher,” this story explores the one thing we don’t know: why?
It’s like the movie Amadeus meets Alfred Hitchcock.
Read the script. Imagine the movie.Screenplays as Literature Series are movie scripts published for readers to enjoy concise storytelling with a twist. Scripts are blueprints for producing films. Longer than a short story. Shorter than a novel. You’ll learn how to read a script so you can watch the movie in your mind as you read the story on the page.
This screenplay has not been produced as a movie.
- ASIN : B082S2WVLM
- Publisher : Warrior Poet Publishing (January 1, 2020)
- Publication date : January 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5187 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 178 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #475,695 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This screenplay provides a fascinating look into the life and philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Brian did some great research here and put it all together into a coherent narrative. The message here is incredibly needed today in our post-modern world ruled by relative morality. I could especially start to see the influence Nietzsche has had on our world's thought the more I read about him.
Brian presents some background history that may have influenced Nietzsche's train of thought. In Biblical books such as Job, or by examining the life of Biblical characters such as Paul, we see that God does not promise man a prosperous life free of trouble if he follows Christ. The trouble that occurs can either draw man closer to relying on Christ, or he could harden his heart against Him (recall how Pharaoh in the book of Exodus hardens his heart against God when Egypt was struck by the plagues). How a man responds to trouble shows where his heart lies. Brian's story shows that Nietzsche may have had an axe to grind against God due to some trouble in his past, and we see how his philosophy tried to remove God from everything as much as possible. However, towards the end we also see how Nietzsche's philosophy may have possibly influenced thought that led to consequences far worse than he may have imagined: World War II. As Christians, we must be wary of relative morality, and look to Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
A great and insightful read into the complicated character of Nietzsche. Highly recommended!
Nietzsche - A Dangerous Life takes us through the tragic true life of a man who so famously said "God is dead." Early on the lad decided to take his anger out on God for taking his father, a preacher, at a young age. From there, it was all down hill. Nietzsche, the brilliant philosopher went straight into atheism and tried to live a life consistent with that worldview. For as brilliant as he was, he was an absolute spiritual fool.
I've not read anyone who is able to tell these kinds of stories as Godawa does in such a way that we aren't pounded with Christian religiosity as happens in so many "Christian" movies, yet gets the point across in an even more powerful way that if you decide to strike out at God, you can pretty much bet that it isn't going to work out well for you. Even more, the cast of characters are full of intrigue and their own wretched storylines that makes the whole thing move as it is supposed to--like a movie.
The book has a helpful introduction that teaches you how to read screen plays! We then get the full story just as it would be given to movie director. He concludes with a few thoughts about Nietzsche and his sorrowful, pitiful end.
If you've never read a screen play before, I highly recommend this one. Great book.
Doug Van Dorn
Author ~ Giants: Sons of the Gods
The book starts with a good description of how a movie script reads. Very helpful.
The whole process was enlightening. The character development was good and interesting. Tragic historically accurate story.
Brian is one of my favorite authors and I couldn't be more pleased he's sharing his movie scripts! I plan to read all of them.
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Submit this screenplay to Hollywood Producers and in all probability they would reject it because there is no way that NIETZSCHE: A Dangerous Life would be regarded as a studio blockbuster from which prequels and sequels might evolve.
A movie made from this screenplay would not cover the cost of its making, and would be a challenge to the viewers’ humanism if indeed they are Humanists. If Christian, then a challenge to their Christianity.
We should be grateful to Brian James Godawa for publishing this excellent screenplay and for allowing us the opportunity to use our cinematic imaginations as we read through it.
We are given in this screenplay an understanding of why we, in the Western world, are living in such a Post-Modernist muddle. Nietzsche: A Dangerous Life is a tragedy in which we see Friedrich going from a primary state of equilibrium - his stable Lutheran home - through a state of dis-equilibrium, to a state of restored equilibrium which is a great deal less viable than the original primary state – Friedrich’s insanity and his incarceration and death in an asylum.
One hundred years ago Friedrich foresaw our post-modern rejection of absolute truth, and the embracing of moral relativity and subjective experience, which tells us to do our own thing, create our own reality, and not impose our morals on anyone else, because what’s true for one person is not true for another. Western society has degenerated into personal and political groups, attempting to assert their wills over the majority, resulting in the most extensive destruction of lives through the world due to the tyrannical will to power of godless rulers.
A Post-Modern world view is without absolutes although we are expected to accept the fact that there are no absolutes as an absolute. As Brian says: For without absolutes, we can none of us complain when our neighbor rapes our wife, steals our money and enslaves our children, for all there is, is the will to power, all there is, is the rule of the strong over the weak without any moral obligations on the strong.
Perhaps the realization of such a Post-Modern society induced Friedrich’s insanity, rather than Syphilis or Brain Cancer, two reasons that have been mooted. The unfortunate Friedrich with his mind at the end of its tether had reached his “November”. In his life there was
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member —
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! —
However, throughout his life there was his sister Elizabeth Förster-Nietzsche, a Lutheran Christian anti-Semite who edited Friedrich’s writings after his mental breakdown and added, removed and changed passages to align his philosophy with her own beliefs and those of her anti-Semite husband Bernhard Förster.
The conflicts with Friedrich and Elizabeth and with his friends Wagner, Ree, and Lou von Salomé, and all the contradictions of his and Elizabeth’s personalities have been well researched and dramatically presented especially the conflict arising from Elizabeth’s deep religious impulse and Friedrich’s atheisim.
Nietzsche: A Dangerous Life is a screenplay well worth the reading.