Friday, December 01, 2006

Borat IS Don Quixote

Anybody else seeing this? The parallels between the Man of Kazakhstan and the Man of La Mancha?

Each politically incorrect. Each off on each his own haphazard quest to turn the tables on the foibles of his times, all the while on a chivalrously absurd journey to seduce the goddess of his dreams?

Ass smashing and cheek kissing Borat is not just a butt-of-the-joke clown. He's a bit more than a baffoon. He's on a Quixotic quest, indeed, and he might seem quite mod, but really, like the Don, he's oh so classical, more like Charlie Chaplin than Groucho Marx, more like Will Farrell 360 than that herd of gracelessly raunchy stand-ups on HBO.

Like Quixote and Chaplin, Borat tempers his lascivious farce with well-timed bouts of remorse and melancholy. Borat's got his Dulcinean obsession, Pah-MEL-ah Anderson. And he's got Azamat, his hapless, loyal and hopelessly out-of-his-element sidekick, a la Pancho Sanza.

Borat's even got a broken down old horse, this time a vintage RV that looks more like a portable storage unit than it does a roadworthy vehicle.

Surely there's a valuable dissertation topic here somewhere. Ph.D in Boratian Studies, anyone?


At 1/23/2008 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reading Don Quixote right now, and I just started to noticed some similarities. I googled "Borat Don Quixote" - you were the first hit - and I must say, I agree.

At 3/01/2009 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I noticed that too, that´s why I googled it and then found your blog.
Lots of similarities; humour sense, fat loyal and hopeless (as you said)friend, adventures and misfotunes of a romantic antihero that follows his ideals in a society where he doestn´t fit.

At 4/16/2009 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sacha Baron Cohen read Don Quixote during his undergrad at Cambridge. Clearly it is a remake for the 21st century.


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