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Farce

Petrov-Vodkin's painting of a theatre audience enjoying a farce.

In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable.[1] Farces are often highly incomprehensible plot-wise (due to the many plot twists and random events that occur), but viewers are encouraged not to try to follow the plot in order to avoid becoming confused and overwhelmed. Farce is also characterized by physical humor, the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, and broadly stylized performances. Farces have been written for the stage and film. Furthermore, a farce is also often set in one particular location, where all events occur.

Classical antiquity

Britain

Canada

France

La Farce de Maitre Pathelin.

Germany

India

Particularly popular in Marathi language Theatre: a few such examples...

  • Zopi Gelela Jaga Zala (1958)
  • Dinuchya Sasubai Radhabai (1960)
  • Pala Pala Kon Pudhe Pale To
  • Gholaat Ghol

Italy

Japan

  • Japan has a centuries-old tradition of farce plays called Kyōgen. These plays are performed as comic relief during the long, serious Noh plays.

Poland

Russia

Spain

United States

Film

Television

Animated

Theatre

References

  1. ^ http://www.wordsmyth.net/?ent=farce
  2. ^ European Authors 1000–1900. The H. W. Wilson Company, Bronx, 2000. ISBN 0-8242-0013-6.
  3. ^
  4. ^ August Grodzicki, "Bardzo polska tragikomedia." Życie Warszawy nr 5; 07-01-1976

See also

External links

  • IMDB list of film and television farces
  • Farce films at Allmovie
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