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A Shakespearean concept? Merry Merry!

[ by Charles Cameron — to all our readers, with seasons greetings from all of us at Zenpundit ]

The great French director Jean Renoir decided to cast himself as Octave in his film The Rules of the Game, widely considered to be among the greatest works in that medium. The effect was liberating — Renoir himself, playing Octave, has a greater knowledge of the director’s wishes than any other actor in that remarkable film, and this gives him a joyous freedom and spontaneity that delights us, his audience.

Jean Renoir, left, as Octave, in his film Rules of the Game

And all the world’s a stage, eh? with every film a play within the greater Play?

Nativity scene, from Jean Renoir's film, Grand Illusion

Is it too much to suppose that a director of Worlds, having seen Rules of the Game, might decide to try the same trick — setting aside the director’s chair to play the role of a small child, born homeless in some obscure corner of a minor galaxy?


Wishing all at Zenpundit bright Zen, decent punditry, and a merry Christmas…

5 Responses to “A Shakespearean concept? Merry Merry!”

  1. Charles Cameron Says:

    Ha, I see Mark beat me to the punch!  HC, Mark!

  2. zen Says:

    To you as well Charles, Ho Ho Ho!

  3. Aelkus Says:


    Recursion and self-reference is a large part of what I’m studying these days 🙂


  4. Aelkus Says:

    Also, for the holidays: http://cheezburger.com/57211905

  5. Charles Cameron Says:

    Recursion and self-reference is a large part of what I’m studying these days
    Delighted & not entirely surprised <vbg>. 

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