Candide
by Voltaire

In April of 1964 I saw "Candide," a modernized film version of the classic story by Voltaire. It was in French with English subtitles, and it was very funny. Having read the original story, written in 17 something, I was amazed how well it fits into events of the twentieth century. It seems man has been more cruel to his fellow man in modern times than Voltaire ever dreamt. WW I, WW II, the Korean "Conflict," revolutions in Latin America and Africa, war in Laos and Vietnam, etc. make this probably the blood thirstiest century in history. Candide goes through all of this and yet succeeds in making us laugh about it. The horror of the events is diminished when a character who has just been slaughtered in one scene reappears in the next playing another role or else as the same character unharmed. It is a fast-moving picture, just filled with humor and satire. I enjoyed it more than the book.

Year Read: 1963


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