Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

My Latin I class starts Stage 5 of the Cambridge Series next week, in which they will learn plurals and details of the Roman Theater.

I use the occasion annually to also take a break from our march through Latin vocabulary and grammar to watch, in its entirety, the movie A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The movie is silly and raucous, but it totally holds up to multiple viewings (which I have done year after year).

If you are a Latin teacher and you are not showing it to your Latin classes, give it a watch and reconsider. It's actually a fully faithful representation of the classic comedy plot: young man loves a woman completely impossible for him--slave seeking his freedom conspires to make it possible, at the last minute something emerges that makes it possible for them to be together.

It's an all-star cast, Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Phil Silvers, and even Buster Keaton in his last theatrical role.

In the interest of full disclosure, the theme song "Comedy Tonight," is the only truly good song in the musical, the others are a bit a drudgery, but no reason not to enjoy the show.