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Can you imagine a modern adaptation?


We did this when I was a college student in the 1960's, and it has recently occurred to me how utterly relevant an adaptation could be right now, set in, say, San Francisco. The Madwoman of Haight-Ashbury, perhaps, and her friends the Madwomen of Oakland, Occupy and Chinatown ...

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The play is a fairy tale, and it needs to be done in period, in a Paris which no longer exists. I've seen several productions and most of them were dreadful. I do, however, love eating at the Cafe Chez Francis in Paris, which is in Chaillot and across from the Eiffel Tower on the Seine. It's near Pont d'Alma where Princess Diana's car hit the embankment. It's a lovely place to eat and then walk across the street and take a boat tour of the Seine.

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I think it is more of a morality play than a fairy tale. The major evil players represent hunger for power, money, war, gluttony, lust and fake religion. Minor evil players also represented (e.g. the doctor who knows nothing). These people are put on trial by a 'mad' woman and her wise, kind and honest 'nobodies'. Listen to The Ragpicker's lines. The evils of the 1940's were still poignant in 1969 and they still are today.

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It IS modern. The cars look different, but the scenario is eternal. There is no point in re-making it, unless you can think of a way of doing it better. And if you are that brilliant, you should be making your own film, not someone else's.

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