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Aristophanes: The Gods Are Laughing (1995)

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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Coky Giedroyc
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Credited cast:
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Frances Barber ... Adonia
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ... Cephisophon
Ewen Bremner
Rosalie Crutchley ... Aristophanes' mother
Dexter Fletcher ... Aristophanes' son
Robert Glenister ... Aristophanes
Eddie Izzard ... Socrates
Robert Pugh ... Cleon
Richard Strange ... Pericles
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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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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1995 (UK) See more »

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Socrates: But only in the Spirit of Friendly Debate.
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A hidden gem of a film
26 October 2005 | by dannifilth666See all my reviews

I found this film unusual, definitely surrealist, and by the art direction alone, creative and quite beautiful. Set on a theatre stage, and with visits from historical and mythical characters, it is a sweet and touching film, with some interesting casting. Eddie Izzard was particularly superb. The story covers biographical details mingled with literary gems, and bundles of classical motifs and philosopy. Its anti-war message is particularly memorable, as is the overarching idea that the production of art is a noble aim, and comedy particularly, is a godly pursuit. The irony is that religious dogma is a definite enemy, causing the real sadness at the end of the tale.


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