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The Italian Comedy
The roots of the Italian commedia dell’arte stretch back to the Atellanae Fabulae, popular farces of ancient Rome. Modern descendants can be found in the antics of a comic like Charles Chaplin. But as an institution it was unique — a perfected theater of improvisation where gifted actors created some of the most memorable characters the theatre has ever seen. It was from t ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 1966 by Dover Publications
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Beautiful book full of promises, few of which it delivers on. It's a love letter to comedia dell'arte; the author is obviously knowledgeable and excited about the subject. But the book is poorly organized, hard to follow and impossible to use as a reference. Still, makes for a nice coffee table adornment.