Date of this Version
Rev. of Moissi: Triest, Berlin, New York: eine Schauspielerlegende by Rüdiger Schaper, Theatre Survey 42 No. 1: 100-102.
Unlike most of the great German actors before him, Alexander Moissi was not a native German speaker. He was born in Albania and grew up speaking Greek and Italian--yet he had a forty-year career in German that earned him millions of dollars in performances all over the world. In none of those performances did Moissi lose the Mediterranean inflections in the language of Goethe and Schiller. But that did not diminish his stature; it enhanced it.