The latest big-scale musical comedy extravaganza in France is Autant en Emporte le Vent. I don't know yet what the show itself is like, but judging from the soundtrack, it seems to have been written by a French person with a vague idea of the causes of the Civil War, who saw Gone With the Wind once while very drunk.

There seems to be a good deal of emphasis on slavery and slave revolt and the slaves' desire to be treated as human beings. I myself don't remember slavery being much of an issue in the movie, except that when you haven't got any slaves, you have to dig your own potatoes. I remember the film much more clearly as the story of a little tart who gets gussied up in the curtains and marries everyone she lays eyes on. But maybe I was drunk too.

srah - Tuesday, 25 March 2003 - 2:40 AM
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