Arlecchino & Brighella – Myrna's Pages
Forms a Beta Couple with Colombina. Colombina (Pierrette): Distaff Counterpart of Arlecchino; servant of the Has no problem lying through his teeth. Arlecchino or Harlequin - meaning little devil. - Based on the myth of 'damned devils'. - France - late 16th century. - Germanic knight. The general outline, the characters and their relationships, as well as the Colombina—developed out of Arlecchino, she is his female counterpart. all made up, and this often lands everyone in more trouble and confusion.
The rambunctious, unintentionally-violent Tigger is primarily a Pulcinella figure. Both Eeyore and Piglet have aspects of Pierrot - Eeyore the perpetual gloominess, and Piglet the defeatist, timid attitude. Kanga is a sort of a Columbina figure, albeit a fairly bland one, while her son Roo is a Pulcinella-in-training, but with some of the wide-eyed innocence of the innamoratti.
Partly-inverted in the Jeeves and Wooster series of P. On the one hand, the manservant Jeeves is always ready with a Zany Scheme to help his social betters work their way around a Parental Marriage Veto or some other such problem. But on the other hand, he - and most other servants - are portrayed as highly dignified characters, with all of the real clowning done by the upper classes, with his master, Bertie Wooster, as a rare aristocratic Arlecchino.
That said, many of the upper class characters fit these archetypes pretty well, despite not being servants, with Bertie's aunts Dahlia and Agatha representing different takes on the Signora as Bertie puts it in a moment of hyperbole, Agatha eats broken bottles and turns into a werewolf by the full moon, while Dahlia is the sort of werewolf whom it is a pleasure to knowthe constantly-infatuated Bingo Little is an innamorato with the tendency to fall in love with barmaids; rather appropriate, given the class inversion at play herethe drippy newt-enthusiast Gussy Fink-Nottle is a Pierrot, Madeleine Basset who believes every time a fairy blows its nose, a baby is born is a comedic take on the innamorata, the unscrupulous bookmaker Rupert Steggles is Brighella, and the paranoiac nerve-specialist Sir Roderick Glossop is Il Dottore.
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Likewise, there's always a violent Pulcinella figure on hand to threaten Bertie with bodily harm, most notably the hot-tempered Tuppy Glossop and the would-be fascist dictator Roderick Spode. Wodehouse's other most notably series, the Blandings Castle stories, also apply zanni tropes to the aristocracy, with the doddering Clarence Threepwood, Earl of Emsworth, as a kindly Dottore figure, his domineering sister Lady Constance Keeble as a Signora, their disreputable brother Galahad as an elderly Arlecchino, and Clarence's nemesis and neighbour Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe as a sort of Brighella figure, and there are always a pair of innamorati on hand, one of whom will generally be a grandchild or distant in-law of Clarence.
This time, however, the servants are a bit more in on the act, with the eternally put-upon butler Beach as a toned-down, non-romantic Pierrot, and the truculent gardener Angus MacAllister as Pulcinella without the violence or threats thereofand the opportunistic pig-keeper George Cyril Wellbeloved as a more conventional Brighella.
The theatre troupe in Players of Gor is this with the serial numbers very half-heartedly filed off — with justification, since all human Gorean cultures originated on Earth and have adapted to the local customs as necessary. Characters include Bina a truncation of "Columbina", but also previously established as Gorean for "Slave Beads" and a common slave name Brigella note spelling who is a female character, Chino and Lecchio who are an Arlecchino double-act, and Petrucchio who is often a Miles Gloriosus.
As this is low art, female players are always slaves and have an alternative means of earning coins if the plays are doing poorly. On the other hand, men do the heavy lifting and are more likely to be flat-out killed if they fall into bandit hands. Live Action TV The characters of Arrested Development can do this frequently, although the main character, Michael Bluth, can shift between an Innamarata and a Pantalone multiple times in any given episode, most of the time, however, he is Pierrot.
George Michael and Maebe, although Maebe tends to also often be the rare female version of Arlecchino. Tobias Funke, of course. GOB and his illegitimate son, Steve Holt. Lucille usually plays this part, considering her greed and generally bitter nature. Poor, poor Michael Bluth. Nobody gets the joke, of course. Blackadder is basically an extended series of mutations of this central trope, particularly emphasizing the social classes and power dynamics of the stock characters.
Edmund Blackadder himself is always some variant on the Brighella figure, defined by his greed, cowardice particularly in the first seriesand the fact that he is never the highest-status person around - even when he's the son of the king, he's only the second son, and as the series progresses, his rank in the world gradually drops.
Baldrick, whether the Hypercompetent Sidekick of the first series or the cheerful dimwit he is the rest of the time, is always some kind of Arlecchino, consistently the lowest-status character present, and always with some kind of 'cunning plan' on hand. The gloomy, supercilious Percy is pure Pierrot, especially in the second series, where he's constantly hopelessly in love with some offscreen woman. His fourth-series incarnation, Captain Darling, is more of a particularly British take on Il Capitano, however - Edmund's rival and nemesis, but more out of priggish professionalism than hammy bravado.
He also occasionally borders on the Pierrot, devotedly following General Melchett's orders, often the butt of Blackadder's jokes and awaiting in vain to marry Doris The first series' Prince Harry is an Il Capitano.
Whenever Flashheart shows up, he's a more straightforward Capitano, with all the bravado that implies. Unlike most versions of Il Capitano though, he's The Aceespecially in the second series. Either incarnation of Melchett - and, indeed, any character played by Stephen Frysuch as the third series' Duke of Wellington - is generally a Dottore figure. George is an odd case. Appearing in series three as a kind of dimwitted Innamorato figure with aspects of Pantalone, given his lechery and high-ranking position as Prince Regentbut when he returns in Blackadder Goes Forth as Lt.
George - this time, subservient to Cpt. Blackadder - he's more of an assistant Arlecchino to Pvt. King Richard IV of the first series is a cross between Il Capitano, given his military background and hearty, exuberant mannerand Pantalone, given his position of power and often-unreasonable nature.
The second series replaces him with a much more straightforward Signora in Queen Elizabeth I. The third series' Mrs. The green pass would appear during the performance, upon which it could be claimed. Like a drum my heart was beating And your kiss was sweet as wine But the joys of love are fleeting For Pierrot and Columbine.
I see a little silhouette of a man Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango? Carlo Goldoni's early plays are classic Commedia dell'Arte. From Momolo Cortesan onwards, though, his works take a completely new style, often violently clashing with the classic Commedia dell'Arte popular in Italy and France at the time.
In the plays of William Shakespeare: Playfully mocked in Much Ado About Nothing. The aptly-named Hero and Claudio are the innamorati, Antonio is the tartaglia, Margaret is the colombina, etc. It's mockery because Beatrice and Benedick are the real main characters, and they are probably the only ones who don't fit any stock models. Also, the Zany Scheme is cooked up by Don Pedro, probably the highest-ranking person in the play, and his chief compatriot, Hero's father Leonato, really should be a Pantalone figure.
Romeo and Juliet is a Genre Deconstruction. Many of the stock characters are clearly there.
However, the play is a tragedy rather than a comedy. So the Zany Scheme doesn't work out, and several of the characters end up dying. Friar Lawrence is the Tartaglia, who performs a secret wedding ceremony for Romeo and Juliet. Lord Capulet is the Pantalone, who wants Juliet to marry Paris to further his own ambitions. Lady Capulet is the Signora, who wants her daughter to be a proper upper class woman just like her. Tybalt is the Capitano, who seems to always want to start a fight.
Nurse is the Columbina, who does her best to help Juliet. Mercutio is the wise-cracking Arlecchino but he's a cousin of the local prince, so unlike most other classical Arlecchinos, he's not a servant, but a fellow aristocrat and a friend of Romeo's.
Benvolio is the more sombre Pedrolino but he's a cousin of Romeo's, so unlike most of the other classical Pedrolinos, he's a not a servant, but a fellow aristocrat and a friend of Romeo's. And of course, Touchstone, Bottom, Gratiano, and many others are perfect arlecchini. The Merry Wives of Windsor has Fenton and Anne as the innamorati, the foolish doctor Caius, Evans as the priest with a "speech impediment" actually an outrageous Welsh accentand Falstaff of all people as a sleazy Pantalone-type.
Pagliacci is a classic opera, by Ruggero Leoncavello, about a Commedia troupe. The title literally means 'clowns'. The Show Within a Show is that Colombina is cheating on Pierrot with Il Capitano, and it's played for laughs, but backstage, Canio the actor playing Pierrot finds out that his wife Colombina is actually cheating on him with the actor playing Il Capitano.
He sings the classic aria Vestia la giubba 'put on the costume' and then goes mad with grief. The jacket is laced down the front with a thong and caught by a black belt worn very low on the hips. The shoes are flat and black. He wears a black beret or, later, a malleable felt hat with a narrow brim, with a feather or the tail of a fox, hare or rabbit fastened to it. Originally worn by some Bergamese peasants, apparently this was a sign of the wearer being a butt of ridicule. Props that zanni characters use is anything belonging to someone else i.
The batocchio is worn on his hips, in his belt, and is meant as a phallic symbol Rudlin Yet this increased gravitational pull is compensated by an irrepressible upward energy in the torso. Arlecchino has a sexual energy about him: Highest status of the servants. Leads the improv in the absence of the Masters.
Brighella comes from Bergamo where they consider themselves quicker and craftier than people from the lower town where Arlecchino is from.
He likes to have a good time but is also a criminal. However, he is amoral rather than evil. He tries to make the most of every occasion. He thrives on quarrels, intrigues, and secrets. Marivaux softened the commedia considerably by bringing in true emotion to the stage. Harlequin achieved more prominence during this period. It is possible that this kind of improvised acting was passed down the Italian generations until the 17th century, when it was revived as a professional theatrical technique.
However, as currently used the term commedia dell'arte was coined in the midth century. Commedia evolved into various configurations across Europe, and each country acculturated the form to its liking. For example, pantomimewhich flourished in the 18th century, owes its genesis to the character types of the commedia, particularly Harlequin.
The Punch and Judy puppet shows, popular to this day in England, owe their basis to the Pulcinella mask that emerged in Neapolitan versions of the form. In Italy, commedia masks and plots found their way into the opera buffaand the plots of RossiniVerdiand Puccini.
During the Napoleonic occupation of Italy, instigators of reform and critics of French Imperial rule such as Giacomo Casanova used the carnival masks to hide their identities while fueling political agendas, challenging social rule and hurling blatant insults and criticisms at the regime. Inin order to destroy the impromptu style of carnival as a partisan platform, Napoleon outlawed the commedia dell'arte.
It was not reborn in Venice until Actors were versed in a plethora of skills, with many having joined troupes without a theatre background. Some were doctors, other priests, other soldiers, enticed by the excitement and prevalence of theatre in Italian society. Actors were known to switch from troupe to troupe "on loan," and companies would often collaborate if unified by a single patron or performing in the same general location.