1792, the year that preceded the Reign of Terror
In France itself, the government had already taken such steps as sponsoring free educational performances of Revolutionary dramas
24 plays were performed per day.
According to an article from decades ago, plays from the time of the Terror are not performed anymore and seldom read. Seems true to this day.
Estimates vary between 50,000 to 250,000 dead bodies after the smoke cleared.
So I have to know, what ARE these plays?
At one performance the stage was stormed and it was announced that if the play didn’t end immediately the theatre would be turned into a hospital. Now THAT’S entertainment.
In the first couple years of the Revolution the amount of theatres went from three to over fifty. Royalty owned and censored the original three before theatre was “freed”.
Here’s a clue
From 1680 until the French Revolution, when legislation abolished restrictions on theatrical enterprise, a single theatre held sole proprietorship of Molière’s works. After 1791, his plays were performed in new theatres all over Paris by new actors, before audiences new to his works. Both his plays and his image took on new dimensions.
So they only let the funnyman be performed in one theatre- and I wonder to what degree only decadent elites attended. Not all countries have their own Aristophanes yknow? They had to keep him in check.
When you think of “the funniest movies of all time” which ones do you think of? I think of canonical ones, and they mostly seem to be designed for plebs with few exceptions. It makes me feel bad to even say because it seems like Americans look at them as a proud achievement. “Mannn don’t talk shit about Adam Sandler, what are you a monster?” Some of it is pretty funny, I have to admit- movies like Dumb and Dumber. Still, it’s mostly a coarse laughter that they provoke. Super Bad, Anchorman. Big Lebowski is one of the best. Do you get that at all, that it just feels bad to say? We could just have better ones, that’s all. I know of not a single one that is as elevated as the Birds. Googling this subject (((I notice something))) about a lot of these movies. It’s really obvious that they all fail to cause reflection, which the genre has the potential to do perhaps more than any other.
Anyway, over a thousand plays were written just in the first few years of the Revolution. Ever heard of ONE of them? I haven’t. I for one want to see the guillotines falling. Maybe we don’t know about these plays for a reason. Everyone knows Woody Allen though don’t they, and fatfuck Chris Farley. I see ZERO revolutionary material when I scroll through all these. “Time to go to sleep” is what I see. That’s what we do with our advanced civilization, make all this nothingness, Hot Fuzz. I truly just feel sorry for our culture.
The point to keep in mind about this is that French royalty and nobility maps pretty directly onto our contemporary political situation. Plays that lampoon and denigrate them can be easily adapted to do the same to our own power-structures. “So you just wake up in the morning and plot how to get tens of thousands of people murdered.” No, it’s all a joke, I’m just joking.
The Reign of Terror lasted less than a year and in that time alone some 450 plays were produced. Approximately two thirds of them were inherently political.
Some consider Marie-Joseph Chénier the leading tragic playwright of the Revolution in general.
Something interestingly ironic to note is that, similar to the Dutch internet, the French internet gives me the impression that France is one of the few strongholds of nobility on the planet. They’re just a sharp people. The objective I have in mind is to utilize their Revolutionary materials for the interests of the nobility. Cunning of me? I think it’s very possible. I seek to “decapitate” the Age of the Plebs. I’ve shown you how the Chinese internet carries many signs that it’s clear to many over there that there is a “new caste system” in America. We have a pseudo-nobility. Why has no one ever heard of any of these 1000 plays?
Here’s one essay on this particular artform
Set in a fantasy future, the play, first performed on 18th October 1793, recounts the exile of the deposed monarchs of Europe to a volcanic island.
All we get is Borat?! (That itself is one with the Cinema of Zion.)
allowed the Théâtre de la République, just two days after the execution of Marie Antoinette, to stage the deaths of nine other European autocrats, including the Pope.
What are the top ten plays of those 1000?
Controversial opinion though- his film The Birds is idiotic next to Aristophanes’ play.
It truly is a wasteland out there when you have high standards for film. I would have to make the harsh judgment that ever since the very medium of cinema was invented in the late 19th century it’s almost exclusively been abused. Almost everything appeals to plebeians, especially after 1945.
The royalty presented in Le Jugement dernier des rois, meanwhile, have their crimes, atrocities and personality flaws listed – for the benefit not only of the Vieillard, but also for that of the audience.
Think of how phony the Daily Show is in this context. I don’t have to have watched it for years to know it’s the same as it’s always been. It’s no different than those original three French theatres that were controlled by the royalty. What other hogswallop passes for revolutionary humor these days? Too bad I’m not going to bother to cringe my way through watching any of it. I know some establishmentarians on a very personal level, know exactly how they think, every nook and cranny of their psychology, and they have zero qualms with “educating people to acknowledge the rationality of the government”. They are where they are because they don’t have a revolutionary cell in their body. Okay, maybe some have one or two, they mostly live for the camera flashes and superhuman status rather than for the Truth or the political good. If the right dramas were produced we could change the way people perceive the establishment, and the latter would have to adjust itself.
[The guillotine] had been moved from the Place de la Révolution in part because residents of the square had complained of the stench and health hazards caused by the persistent pools of blood stagnating beneath the scaffold in the hot summer sun [and because of the] grim, rowdy, almost carnivalesque crowds that gathered to watch…