Saturday, December 24, 2011

Asterix in Switzerland: Latin Jokes Explained



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8 comments:

  1. Cal-Teach1:39 PM

    Outstanding Andrew - I was roaring with laughter - the fondue in the summer comment is of course spot on.

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  2. Amélie9:59 AM

    Living in Switzerland, I really enjoyed reading this. Must have been a lot of work to put it together but it's worth it!

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  3. Even after 100 times, these comics still make me laugh! Great explanations Andrew, they definitely add to the fun :)

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  4. Nowadays, one might say "distance lends enchantment to the view".

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  5. Beautifully phrased, Doc!

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  6. "It's a reference to Federico Fellini, who made debauched films like Casanova."

    Actually it is a reference to Fellini's Satyricon (adapted from Petronius) which features Roman orgies: the picture is a clear visual reference to this particular movie (check Google Images).
    Also note that Asterix in Helvetia was published in 1970, that is one year after Fellini's Satyricon but 5 years before Fellini's Casanova.

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  7. Thanks, Viktor! I recommend searching for 'Satyricon Fellini' instead of just 'Satryricon'... shudder.

    The orgies do look like similar and I'm sure you're right about the dates and everything.

    But I didn't mean to say this Asterix was inspired by Casanova. I just shoehorned in a reference to Fellini so I could mention Casanova so I could publicly complain about my friend's brutal treatment of me.

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  8. Really beautiful post ...

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