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Rules, Rule-Breaking, and French Neoclassicism: Crash Course Theater #20

Rules, Rule-Breaking, and French Neoclassicism: Crash Course Theater #20

Everyone knows, you need a bunch of rules to make good theater. That’s what the French thought in the 17th century, anyway. The French Neoclassical revival had a BUNCH of French playwrights following a bunch of rules. Unsurprisingly, some of the most interesting plays of the era broke those rules. Today, we’ll talk about the rules, and we’ll talk about Racine (who followed them), and Corneille (who was not so… Read Article →

Who was Molière, the great French playwright?

Who was Molière, the great French playwright?

In this video, I talk about Molière, a famous French playwright and actor who enjoyed success during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Why is he so famous? What were his best plays? “The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.” French Possum is a video channel dedicated to promoting the French culture and language to people around the world. All videos are in French… Read Article →