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Mr. Puntila and His Hired Man Matti revolves around a wealth landowner, Mr. Puntila, who is humane, caring and generous when he is inebriated, but when he suffers his "attacks of sobriety" becomes mean, petty and selfish. His hired man, Matti, navigates his through various adventures, in the end, proving that he is the intelligent one. Puntila echoes Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp and the Millionaire in City Lights. With it's broad humor, and the way in which the play turns issues of class upside down. A bawdy comedy subtitled "A People's Play," PUNTILA was based on a story by Finnish writer Hella Wuolijoki, whom Brecht met while living in exile in Finland.

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