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The Gods are laughing : Aristophanes, his life and theatre

Author: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; TVF International (Firm)
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], ©1995.
Series: Films on Demand.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As irreverent and bawdy as Aristophanes, but with more accessible humor, this pseudo-biography juxtaposes elements of Aristophanic plays with the activities of contemporaneous people to show how Aristophanes became the father of political satire and why his theatrical innovations are still staples of the contemporary theater. Aristophanes is shown as an artist living on the edge, who uses comedy to mock his enemies  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Educational films
Internet videos
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
TVF International (Firm),1995
Named Person: Aristophanes.; Aristophanes.
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; TVF International (Firm)
OCLC Number: 707970811
Notes: Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
Title from distributor's description.
Description: 1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sound, color, digital file.
Details: System requirements: FOD playback platform.; Mode of access: Internet.
Contents: Aristophanes' Purpose (4:45) --
Comedy: An Ancient Art Form (4:26) --
Humor in Human Nature (2:14) --
A Comedy of Witty Words (4:04) --
Political Comedy (4:31) --
Fearless Comic (3:49) --
War vs. Home (2:49) --
Mocking Societal Roles (4:02) --
Mocking the Philosophers (4:42) --
Aristophanes and Socrates (3:09) --
Women (2:49) --
"The Frogs" (4:23) --
Death of Socrates (3:53).
Series Title: Films on Demand.
Other Titles: Aristophanes, his life and theatre
Responsibility: TVF International (Firm).
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Abstract:

As irreverent and bawdy as Aristophanes, but with more accessible humor, this pseudo-biography juxtaposes elements of Aristophanic plays with the activities of contemporaneous people to show how Aristophanes became the father of political satire and why his theatrical innovations are still staples of the contemporary theater. Aristophanes is shown as an artist living on the edge, who uses comedy to mock his enemies and wages a one-man campaign against those Athenians who revel in war and death; he is set off against his son, who wants to write to entertain; a coldly rational Socrates; Cephisophon, the Laurence Olivier of ancient Greece; the dictator, Cleon; and Aristophanes' skeptical mother, who prefers tragedy to comedy. Caution: contains sexual situations.

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