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Saint-Maurice, an ordinary peaceful village, lived healthily so much so that the local doctor's practice was scant. But that was before Dr. Parpalaid retired and was replaced by a charlatan by the name of Knock. A real genius this one, for he soon managed to persuade everyone that they were ill. And not only didn't they resent him but they even loved their physician, who made a fortune and brought prosperity to the village by turning it into a big hospital. Written by
This is Louis Jouvet's triumph.The director could be anyone ,he does not exist here.All you've got to do is enjoy Louis Jouvet's fabulous intonations,subtle funny faces and extraordinary presence.
Jules Romain's famous play pits a charlatan against a whole village of healthy peasants .Believe it or not,in the short space of a few months,almost everyone's in bed ,"cured" by doctor Knock.The way Knock turns his patient into hypochondriacs is sheer genius.One could think that Knock's only in it for the money but it's not that simple:actually,he's crazy,and what's worse,a lot of people trust him and think he's the most sensible doctor they have ever known.The ending is not that much comic.The connection with Molière's "le malade imaginaire" is obvious.Human naivete knows no bounds.
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