Monday, August 22, 2005

Tragedy or Comedy?

That's the question at stake in Woody Allen's film Melinda and Melinda, a kind of Sliding Doors look at life, but less saccharine and more substance. A man tells a story...
"A bunch of guys are discussing philosophy in a bar. Two writers with opposed views on life argue about it: is life tragic or comic? To illustrate their theories, they imagine a story of a woman. The comic writer presents the optimistic, bright tale of Melinda (Radha Mitchell), who just accepts life as it goes by. The tragic writer gives us a destructive, lonesome and troubled Melinda, who deals with depression and suicide..." IMDB Review
Is there a real story behind the sparse anecdote?
Is life all about tragedy? Is it all about comedy?
What is the real substance of life? Got me thinking.

1 comment:

  1. Given that acedemia still argues over whether some of Shakespeare is tragedy or comedy, I'm intrigued as to whether it can be discussed well in a film! Could be interesting or trite. On the life question, surely God has gifted us with a perception of such things (humour, empathy, sympathy, etc) for enjoying his world to his glory? I think to try to put life into one of those two categories is putting the cart before the horse.