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    Posted: 31-Mar-2011 at 09:11

Harlequin is a trickster in a black mask and colorful costume who relies on wit rather than the slapstick of fellow clowns like Scaramouche. He is the protagonist of the Harlequin plays popular in 17th century England where he outwits the elderly buffoon Pantalone to win the love of his daughter Columbine.
Who can tell me more about the Harlequin plays? What are their origins and were there any notable movie adaptations (other than the 1952 Scaramouche film)?
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-Mar-2011 at 12:42
So Harlequin was derived from Horus? I had no idea the Commedia Dell' Arte was that old
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  Quote medenaywe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-Mar-2011 at 12:51
Funny people were always overestimated.Middle age Jester was equal as,chief of CIA,on king's court!Big smileLaugh can kills you" come from this for sure...


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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-Mar-2011 at 15:36
Who is Scaramouche? And why does he hide his face behind a mask?
Let me tell you

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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Apr-2011 at 10:33
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Funny people were always overestimated.Middle age Jester was equal as,chief of CIA,on king's court!Big smileLaugh can kills you" come from this for sure...

That's right. A century earlier one of the few people Henry VIII trusted was his fool Will Somers. Clowns had a certain degree of license to speak their mind (as long as the king found it amusing)
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-May-2011 at 19:12
The Clown (made famous by Joseph Grimaldi) is the villain of the piece. He wears white makeup and plays cruel practical jokes on the rest of the cast. His anarchic behavior subverts the recognised hierarchy and may draw upon ancient festivals like the Lord of Misrule or even the Roman Saturnalia
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  Quote medenaywe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-May-2011 at 07:50
Joker is also villain in Batman!Interesting fact about human behavior.Are we smile&joke cause of survival? 
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-May-2011 at 08:47
From what i remember, the Joker was based on the Man Who Laughs, an antihero who received a Glasgow smile as a child. In the words of the villain, this was so he could laugh at his fool of a father who had fled into exile for opposing James II
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  Quote medenaywe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-May-2011 at 09:05
You are talking about this one:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019130/plotsummary
it's origin came from "By order of the King",written by Victor Hugo!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Laughs


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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Jun-2011 at 21:01
Perhaps Harlequin's costume is a fanciful representation of the heavily-patched clothing worn by gypsies. It would also explain his black mask: being of Indian descent a lot of Gypsies still have dark skin in modern times
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  Quote medenaywe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Jun-2011 at 02:08
Black is color of mystery also.Colorful cloths have revived nature in spring.Horus is God.He is mystery. Nature have revived cause of colors of his father body.He have fought in underground during the winter. Collecting 14 parts of Osiris's body,his son Horus,have revived Osiris every spring in the year.Therefore they
celebrated him with masked ball.Big smile They imitated the master of transformation,Horus.


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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Jan-2012 at 22:07
I think it's highly likely the original Harlequin was a gypsy. If the song "Black Jack Davy" is anything to go by, many a young bride abandoned her wealthy family for a life on the road with the dark, exotic stranger
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