Saturday, September 08, 2007

All Hail Moliere



The promo material for the French movie Moliere compares it to Shakespeare in Love.

Wrong.

It is better by far.

It has sub-titles which I normally abhor --- but this time it hardly matters.

Moliere, the great French playwright (and actor), learns the hard way that tragedy is not necessarily greater than comedy. In fact, sometimes comedy can express tragic sentiments better than tragedy. (Molière's real name was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin ..)

He learns too, that the broad brush of vaudeville and slapstick can express real truth.

The movie --- quite remarkably --- describes the master of bedroom farce --- by staging a bedroom farce.

All hail Molierre.

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