Aristophanes: The Gods Are Laughing (1995)

TV Movie   |    |  Comedy

Specially commissioned by the British Film Institute and Channel 4, this pseudo-biography shows how Aristophanes became the father of political satire and why his theatrical innovations are still staples of the contemporary theatre.

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27 November 2004 | FactoryGirl
| What Was the Point?
What do you get when a bunch of 20th Century TV people try to make the life of an ancient playwright hip and sexy? A mess. If the idea was to teach people about the life of this prolific writer, they failed. They've turned him into a Greek Shecky Green. The show opens with Aristophanes on his death bed. He berates his son for not being funny (the son is a serious writer.) We are then transported back in time to follow Aristophanes as he deals with personal tragedy and adds jokes to his plays. It seems he has only one regret. He feels that a play he wrote caused the people to turn on Socrates (his friend) which lead to his trial and suicide. The only bright light in this production is Eddie Izzard's portrayal of a "too cool for school" Socrates. It may not be accurate but it sure is fun to watch.


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5 September 1995



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