"Imaginary sick" in the mirror of the world cinema
The fact that Jean Baptiste Poquelin, among the people moreknown as Moliere - a classic not only of French, but of all world literature, no one doubts. But it's surprising that this cinematic dramatist paid much less time to the cinematographer than to the other, sometimes much less well-known and deserved. So, from the summer you can remember, perhaps, only the French adaptation of the "Scoopy" with the great Louis de Funes in the title role and the Soviet "Tartuffe" by Jan Fried with Mikhail Boyarsky.
In the series of bypassed was the most recentthe work of the great playwright - "Imaginary sick." It would seem that interest should be spurred on by the most tragic fate of Moliere. He wrote the play, being at the last stage of tuberculosis, mortally ill, played the main role in it - the hypochondriac rich Argan. And on the fourth presentation of the "Imaginary Patient" he began a violent attack of coughing. On the same evening, the playwright and actor, beloved by France, died, and did not repent of his theatrical affairs. Yes, in the 17th century, the act of acting was not in the credit of the church, and the actors were forbidden to bury in a consecrated cemetery without repentance. Moliere did not repent, and only the intercession of the king of France himself allowed him to be buried, but beyond the cemetery, where there were graves of suicides and unbaptized infants.
The play "The Imaginary Sick" became a kind ofa sad monument to him and his time. Sad, and at the same time very funny. After all, Moliere himself called "The Imaginary Sick" as a comedy with music and ballet. The satirical comedy teases and ridicules both the family foundations of society and the medical profession (someone who was already, and Moliere about the doctors was of the lowest opinion, as, indeed, about other academic professions of that time - lawyers, judges, teachers).
So, "Imaginary sick." MOLIERE. Cinema. It would seem that the cinema and television like costume films. But as a result of attempts to film Molière's light, playful play, there were not so many as it might seem. Perhaps you can remember only the Hungarian short film and the German film, released, as not surprisingly, in the same 1952 year. The next massive surge of interest in the "Imaginary Ill" - 1979, when the screen versions came out in Italy and the Soviet Union.
At home, in France, the last play of Moliereembodied on the movie screen only two times - a little for the national classics, agree. The first time was in 1971, the main role was played by Michel Bouquet, the second time "Imaginary Ill" in France was filmed already in the new millennium - in 2008. This time, the role went to one of the best French comedians Christian Clavier.
But for us the greatest interest isSoviet production, because its director was a wonderful film-storyteller, known for his children's films - Leonid Nechaev. It's amazing that many people forget about this television movie, remembering the work of Nechaev. But the "Imaginary Sick" in his production is a group of brilliant actors, among them Oleg Efremov, Natalia Gundareva, Tatyana Vasilyeva, Alexander Shirvindt, Rolan Bykov, this is Alexei Rybnikov's excellent music, with a fine irony stylized in the spirit of the era.
Unlike the original source, "Imaginary patient""Soviet bottling" was not an evil satire, but rather, a good irony over what is happening. Probably, this reflected the personality of Leonid Nechaev, inclined not to criticize, but to make fun of, not to sneer, but to kindly smile at his characters and their family circumstances.
So everyone who wants to enjoycheerful costume game, easy mental fun - welcome to Mr. Argan's house, where clichiers and pills, funny jokes and love affairs, everything that the French theater and the comedies of Moliere are famous for, await their hour.