Brook has also directed films, such as Moderato Cantabile (1960), Lord of the Flies (1963), and King Lear (1971); and operas, such as Faust and Eugene Onegin. In the 1970s, he founded the International Center of Theatre Research in Paris, an assembly of actors, dancers, musicians, and other performers of many nationalities. Their most recognized achievement was a nine-hour presentation of the Indian epic The Mahabharata (1985). Since then Brook has created a variety of other theatrical works, including a version of Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1994); a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni (1998); a streamlined Hamlet (2000); Tierno Bokar (2005), based on the life of a West African Sufi in the 1930s; The Grand Inquisitor, a parable adapted from Dostoyevsky (2006); and The Prisoner (2018), a tale of crime and punishment. The last was written and directed with Marie-Hélène Estienne, as was Why? (2019), a play devoted to the life of Meyerhold and his wife.. His books on the theater include Empty Space (1969), The Shifting Point (1987), and The Open Door (1995). He has also written Playing By Ear: Reflections on Music and Sound (2019).
See his The Open Door (1993) and his autobiographical Threads of Time (1998); Gregory Boyd, ed., Between Two Silences: Talking with Peter Brook (1999), M. Croyden, Conversations with Peter Brook (2003); biographies by J. C. Trewin (1971), A. Hunt and G. Reeves (1995), and M. Kustow (2005); studies by D. Williams (1988), R. Helfer and G. Loney, ed. (1998), and A. Todd and J.-G. Lecat (2003).
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