Farce

To Be Or Not To Be

When the concept of satire or farce comes to the conversation, we rarely think of history.  And that’s really too bad.   It must have been Karl Marx who noticed that history repeats itself.  First as tragedy.  Second as farce.  But we never seem to learn the lessons it offers.  Take Ernst Lubitsch.  He was one of the great storytellers from the early days of the motion picture industry.  As the world watched the frightful oppression of Nazi-invaded Warsaw, Mr. Lubitsch chose to create a farce that he hoped might prevent a tragedy.
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Rebellion

Rebel Without A Cause

Ever since the world was new, people have wanted to rebel.  Although it has not always been clear what they were rebelling from or against, the rebellion continues.  It seems to be wired into our consciousness.  Take the 1955 drama about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers directed by the astute Nicolas Ray.  It offers both social commentary and an alternative to previous films depicting delinquents in urban slum environments.

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