A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [DVD] [1966]

  • SKU: 25532342
  • Release Date: 09/09/2014
  • Rating: NR
  • 5.0 (2)
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Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight! Posted by: from: on "Something for everyone, a comedy tonight!" Indeed: a musical version of an old Roman play -- Miles Gloriosus (The Braggart Captain), by T. Maccius Plautus. Starring Phil Silvers and Zero Mostel. And Buster Keaton. And featuring scads of folks you've seen (even if you don't know their names) if you're an aficionado of 60s movies. Songs by Stephen Sondheim. Farce. Social commentary. Wiley slaves out-thinking their Roman masters. Something for everyone! I first saw A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (hereinafter AFTH) when I was 9 or so, shortly after it came out, and I thought it was a scream. Saw it again in high school -- even funnier, as I caught some of the things that went right over my head when I was younger (kinda like Bugs Bunny). Saw it again in college after reading Braggart Captain in a Classical History class -- my lord: even funnier. I watched it every time it was on TV, and every time I'd laugh ‘til I cried. Made my friends watch it; made my wife watch it -- they all loved it. Bought the VHS tape and watched it with my kids, who were six and nine at the time, and they are today huge fans of AFTH. If you’ve ever thought, Gee, I really need to inject some old Roman comedy into my life (a thought probably no one has EVER had), or even if you didn’t know the Romans had comedies (they did, and all the surviving ones by Plautus and Terrence are absolute screams), whether you like comedy or not, whether you like musicals or not (and I confess I am not a huge fan) -- still: AFTH bears watching. To try before you buy, watch “Comedy Tonight” (the overture) on YouTube. About midway through (it’s 3:20). You’ll be tapping your foot and humming along. Then order it at Best Buy -- you won’t regret it!

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Classic funny movie Posted by: from: on This is a great and funny classic comedy. Wanted to update my collection and own it in BluRay/DVD format.

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