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Ubu Rey - Ubu Cornudo

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"B Cuernoempanza No lo habremos demolido todo si no demolemos incluso los escombros. Y no veo otro procedimiento para hacerlo que levantar con ellos hermosas estructuras bien ordenadas."Grosero y cobarde, sucio, exasperante, traidor, ambicioso, acomodati
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Nov 03, 2013 Nathan "N.R." Gaddis added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pantagruelists
Recommended to Nathan "N.R." by: Chuck LoPresti
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Like most of the participants in Ubu Week, I am at a bit of a loss when it comes to actually writing about Alfred Jarry's aggressively odd contribution to French theatre. Having only read the first play in the series, Ubu roi (which I understand is not the best), I am left with an impression of frat-boy humor that is somehow also a revolutionary step toward surrealism; a piece that invites comparison to everything from Shakespeare's Falstaff, to Monty Python's exploding man sketch, to some kind ...more
Amy Hawthorne
Aug 15, 2015 Amy Hawthorne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This play is funny and absurd ~ as it's meant to be for an absurdist drama! The settings move about quickly, the action is fast paced and predictable, the characters are gluttonous and disgusting.

I have no idea how I feel about this kind of drama yet. The production I watched on youtube played on the filthy language and actions of Mama and Papa Ubu. It's cringe worthy, awkward but a real development in theatre at the time and I think when I've studied this play (as with most of the texts we stu
Aug 06, 2009 Mazel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ubu, monument de la dramaturgie française, s'ouvre sur ce juron étonnant qui trouve ses origines dans l'esprit moqueur d'un lycéen rennais.

Jarry n'a en effet que quinze ans lorsqu'il compose, dans la veine des gestes médiévales, cette pièce aux accents de grosse farce.

Ubu, héros de troisième ordre qui synthétise à lui seul tous les travers humains possibles, devient roi de Pologne par un régicide grotesque.

Son règne, sa déchéance et les savoureux dialogues qu'il échange avec la mère U
Jan 27, 2013 Loretta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If John Waters-- not the JW of Hairspray or Cry Baby, but the down and dirty creator of Pink Flamingoes-- did an interpretation mash up of Macbeth and Julius Caesar... You might get something approaching this play. I had a different translation, one that the translator, David Copelin, called the only one "with balls."

Well, sheeyit! Funny, disturbing, gross... And the exploration of corruption, tyranny, and greed of man still very relevant, of course.
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Alfred Jarry was a French writer born in Laval, Mayenne, France, not far from the border of Brittany; he was of Breton descent on his mother's side.
Best known for his play Ubu Roi (1896), which is often cited as a forerunner to the surrealist theatre of the 1920s and 1930s, Jarry wrote in a variety of genres and styles. He wrote plays, novels, poetry, essays and speculative journalism. His texts p
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“That's a beautiful speech, but nobody's listening. Let's go.” 1 likes
“I intended that when the curtain went up the scene should confront the public like the exaggerating mirror in the stories of Madame Leprince de Beaumont, in which the depraved saw themselves with dragons' bodies, or bulls' horns, or whatever corresponded to their particular vice. It is not surprising that the public should have been aghast at the sight of its other self, which it had never before been shown completely. This ignoble other-self, as Monsieur Catulle Mendes has excellently said, is composed "of eternal human imbecility, eternal lust, eternal gluttony, the vileness of instinct magnified into tyranny; of the sense of decency, the virtues, the patriotism & the ideals peculiar to those who have just eaten their fill." Really, these are hardly the constituents for an amusing play, & the masks demonstrate that the comedy must at the most be the macabre comedy of an English clown, or of a Dance of Death.” 0 likes
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