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    So, I recently learned about a play. A very old and very, very weird play. Ubu Roi.

    Written in 1896 by French playwright Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), Ubu Roi is a parody of Macbeth with elements of Hamlet and King Lear. Much of the writing and dialogue is crude, bordering on obscene. And most adaptations include sets and costumes which intentionally defy logic and reason.

    When Ubu Roi first premiered in Paris, a riot broke out, prompting city authorities to ban from being performed onstage (Jarry would get around this ban by having later performances be done as puppet shows). And lo and behold. Today, it is considered by art historians to be a precursor to multiple movements, particularly Dada, Modernism, Surrealism, and Theatre of the Absurd.

    As far as I know, Ubu Roi has been adapted into a film four times: a 1973 Serbian version, a 1976 Polish animated version, a 1996 Czech version, and a 2003 Polish live-action version. However, none of these adaptations are well-known. Thus, it can be said that a major film version has never been produced.

    So that begs a question. Why hasn’t Hollywood tried its own version?

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