In April of 1964 I saw "Candide," a modernized film version of the classic story
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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