translated from the original German as The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, published in 1963, is a play by Peter Weiss, directed both on stage and screen by
Peter Brook. The title is often shortened to Marat/Sade.
Incorporating dramatic elements characteristic of both Artaud and Brecht (a combination some find paradoxical) it is a bloody and unrelenting depiction of human struggle and suffering
which asks whether true revolution comes first from changing society or changing one\\\\\\\'s self.
Excerpted from the IMDb database:
As the title implies, the film is entirely a play-within-a-play where most cast members
depict both a character from the French Revolution as well as an insane asylum inmate
playing that character. While the film (like the later comedy-drama about de Sade, \\\\\\\"Quills\\\\\\\")
addresses censorship, it is primarily concerned with a debate between Marat as a sort of
representative of revolutionary radical communism, and de Sade as a nihilistic
existentialist frustrated with his own, and society\\\\\\\'s, violently cruel urges, as well as the
futility of revolutionary action to improve mankind.
The torrent is given here for archive of the play and discussion of its importance.