Polichinelle


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Polichinelle

 

a character in the French popular theater. A mocking and comical hunchback, the figure of Polichinelle first appeared in the late 16th century in performances given at fairs and is related to the stock type Pulcinella from the Italian commedia dell’arte. In the 17th century, Molière made use of the type in his comedy The Imaginary Invalid. Polichinelle was popular with the public and became one of the favorite heroes of the puppet theater. The expression “Polichinelle’s secret” refers to something that everyone knows.

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C e n'est pas du tout un secret de polichinelle que l'espace forestier subit une degradation la plus totale, souligne Karim Nait Lhou, avocat et membre du Bureau politique du Parti du progres et du socialisme (PPS).
En tout etat de cause, si l'instrumentalisation de la nebuleuse terroriste est un secret de polichinelle, la main de Deach, a travers sa branche locale Wilayet Sinai, est largement evoquee dans cette derive sanglante qui cible les forces de securite, les communautes religieuses copte fuyant en masse EL Arich et soufie persecutee et accusee d'idolatrie.
The title of the show refers to an earlier play by the company entitled Le polichineur de tiroirs, based on the French expression "avoir un polichinelle dans le tiroir" (to have a bun in the oven).
The festival will mark its official opening on Wednesday evening at the French Cultural Center with a special presentation of French company La Pendue's "Poli Degaine," a glove puppet performance based on the traditional clown/marionette character Polichinelle, or Pulcinella, in Italian.
Pulcinella (Polichinelle, White, simple, poor costume.
Comment alors eviter de lire en boucle les memes secrets de Polichinelle ?
Il est aussi un secret de polichinelle, que ce dossier traEne encore au niveau de la justice militaire.
In France, the ultimate fool is perhaps Polichinelle, or Punch, a commedia dell'arte puppet with a long, hooked nose, who controls events by pretending to be stupider than he is.
La designation de Me Tiangaye etait un secret de polichinelle depuis samedi soir mais l'opposition attendait d'en avoir informe la Presidence avant de la rendre publique.