Commedia's Influence on Theatre/Dance/Opera/Film:
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Books without asterisks may be more difficult to locate. A good university library should have any of these listed.
1. **The Triumph of Pierrot by Martin Green and John Swan (McMillan, NY/1986) focuses on western culture from 1890-1930, with references to Commedia's influence on Diaghelev's ballet world, Meyerhold's theatre, Chaplin in film, Picasso's art, Stravinsky's music, and Nabokov in Literature. There are some interesting B & W photos of Nijinsky, Barrault, Keaton and Chaplin, Dinesen, Meyerhold, Picasso's studio, and others.
2. **Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook by John Rudlin is a book on playing Commedia but the third part of this book is an introduction to those twentieth century theatre artists using or influenced by Commedia such as Craig, Meyerhold, Copeau, Dullin, Piccolo Theatro di Milano, Lecoq, Fo, Mnouchkine, San Francisco Mime Troupe, TNT, Boso, and Fava. This is a good resource for finding comparisons of Commedia to contemporary theatre.
3. *David Madden's Harlequin's Stick, Charlie's Cane: A Comparative Study of Commedia dell'Arte and Silent Slapstick Comedy, (Bowling Green Univ. Popular Press/1975), is a delightfully concise comparison of similarities and differences in character traits, story elements, comic routines, principles and methods of comedy between silent film comedies and the spirit of Commedia. Short explanations and unique photos.