Voices from Russia

Sunday, 2 December 2012

2 December 2012. A Smile from the Russian Web. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum…

00 Banfff National Park. AB Canada. 02.12.12

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Those of us “of a certain age” remember the great comedian Zero Mostel. His greatest roles, arguably, were as Tevye the shtetl milkman in Fiddler on the Roof, and as Pseudolus the slave in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a rollicking satire on modern mores set in Ancient Rome. Mostel was blacklisted in the fifties… wingnuts want to bring that ugly practise back. Mostel refused to suck up to the HUAC by giving them names; he refused to answer any question that might incriminate him (a direct refusal to name names would’ve allowed the HUAC to find him in contempt). That took balls and guts… and he paid the price. This “funny” is my tribute to a courageous (and funny) man… Zero woulda liked it. Rest in peace…

BMD

 

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