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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Moliere's hair. By John von Daler

                       This blog has never been the best of places to find facts.

I am at best a mediocre researcher and Wikpedia is my favorite source of material. So I do not write long, factual articles delineating the myriad virtues or faults of my favorite films and plays. When I wrote about Jacques #Tati, I chose one episode in "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" to stand as a composite of what I find great about his films. See "Fermata"
                I will be taking a trip to Paris in a short while. We have been lucky enough to get two tickets to see "Macbeth" at Théâtre du Soleil, Ariane #Mnouchkine's great innovative theater just outside of town. I have never been there before, so why discuss it now? Again, let it suffice to describe one scene from a movie she made.
                In her great declaration of love to the theater in general and to #Molière in particular, the movie "Molière" from  1978, #Mnouchkine includes a scene from a church class where the lonely little boy, Molière is sitting across from a woman and a boy. The woman with tender but firm gestures is picking lice out of the hair of the child.
                The forlorn little Molière is so taken by the pair in front of him that he secretly plucks a louse out the little boy's hair and plants it on his own head. I cannot remember seeing a more poignant example than this of the human need for love.
                So you see, I am looking forward to attending Teatre du Soleil with great anticipation. Any director with that kind of insight must be able to make gruff, old #Macbeth into an unforgettable experience.

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