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Release Date : Dec, 17 2010
Le Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid or They Hypochondriac)
There are few if any of Molière's plays to which greater interest is attached than to Le Malade Imaginaire. It was Molière's last dramatic production. And his symptoms culminated during the performance of this play, so that he may be said almost actually to have died on the stage whilst acting it.
In 1672, the year preceding the production of this play, Molière had been sadly tried by domestic affliction, by his own failing health, and by the cold reception given to his great work (Les Femmes Savantes).
Now feeling and knowing himself to be attacked by an incurable malady, he conceived the desperate idea of representing on the stage a hypochondriac, victim of his own terrors, and trembling at the prospect of death; and, as if to hurl a last shaft at the Profession which he had already held up to ridicule in so many of his former comedies, he introduces in the part of Béralde a skeptical freethinker on the subject of medicine, into whose mouth he places long tirades against the inefficacy of all drugs and their dispensers to cope with human ailments.
Argan was played by Molière.
About the Author
Molière (stage name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) (January 15, 1622 – February 17, 1673) was a French playwright and actor and was one of the greatest masters of comedy in literature. His best-known works include Le Misanthrope (The Misanthrope) (1666), L'École des femmes (The School for Wives) (1662), Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite) (1664), L'Avare (The Miser) (1668), Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid) (1673), Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman) (1670), and Les Femmes savantes (The Learned Ladies) of 1672.
He was born in Paris. At age 21, he decided to pursue his inclination and joined a theater company. In his 14 years in Paris, Molière wrote 31 plays performed by his company. Molière is considered the creator of modern French comedy. Not only many words or phrases used in Molière's plays are still used in current French, but parts of dialogues have been imprinted into French people’s memory.
Molière died in 1673, at the age of 51.
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