I Blame Pierrot For Everything

Pierrot was my first crush, and I mean the very first one, the one before real life boys, girls, etc. It all began with a life size doll [the size of a 6 year old anyhow] of a crying jester. More of a fusion of Pierrot and Harlequin, he had long noodly limbs, painted fingernails and a white made up moon-face with permanent blue teardrops slightly raised on the plastic surface. I assigned him a variety of appropriately tragic personalities in accordance with whatever game I was playing that day.

The name “Pierrot” didn’t hold any meaning until I read Buratino – Tolstoy’s version of Pinnochio. He was Buratino’s dismal friend, eternally pining for Malvina the blue-haired doll. I was smitten by his dapper costume in the 1975 film version of the book. The magnificent ruff and floor-length sleeves on the squeaky pallid boy left a permanent impression.

Soon I started noticing his portrait in art books, admiring his powdered skin and elegant outfits.

Eventually I learned more of the Pierrot saga; his love for the cruel Columbine and Harlequin’s betrayal with her.

His story of eternally unrequited love was captivating, and thus a wee gothlette was conceived. To this day I’m weakened by the site of sullen powdered boys. I blame Pierrot for everything.

On a related note: Perrot paper doll.

12 Responses to “I Blame Pierrot For Everything”

  1. Yelimon Says:

    Не нужна мне малина… I remember I dressed up into Malvina in the preschool. What times…

  2. James Shearhart Says:

    In my opinion, the only reason to watch Les Enfants du Paradis is for Jean-Louis Barrault’s mime portrayal of Pierrot….

  3. Zoetica Says:

    Yelimon, a great costume! Next Halloween I’m considering an elaborate Pierrot costume for myself – Malvina would be too easy, especially since my mother calls me Malvina because of the blue hair.

    James, this Pierrot was fantastic, indeed.

  4. fatalfury Says:

    Yakitate!! Japan has an excellent Pierrot. It is also the best comic/cartoon about baking around.

  5. Xevv Says:

    It’s so good to hear someone else say all this. My parents continually bought me pierrot dolls from the day I was born, one every year. We lived in france, so I always had the beautiful, androgynous pierrots, not the ugly clowns I first saw when I came to the US. My parents got me a life size one too, when I was five or six, and he slept with me up until I was about fourteen—he became sort of my boyfriend and companion, and my idea of comfort is sleeping entwined with my face resting against a cool porcelain cheek. What bliss!

  6. D Says:

    How old is the pierrot character in commedia dell’arte? In the classic stories I don’t remember him at all. However, a lot of the commedia characters get fresh names from being played by some specific famous actor, making me think that the pierrot is a development from arleccino. All the attributes are the same.

  7. Mer Says:

    Awww, Pierrot! I can see why you fancied him.
    Being a child of 70s PBS, my first love was a bit more… fuzzy:


  8. B Bullock Says:

    I have always been fascinated by the Italian improvised comedies, and the characters therein. Although, my fixation has always centered mostly around Harlequin, especially in his persona as Arleccino: the magician.

  9. Zoetica Says:

    Mer…is this your way of coming out as a furry?

  10. kim Says:

    Mon ami Pierrot…

  11. sinita Says:

    can you please please get in touch with me about all these versions of pierrot you found in the media, the paintings, the movies and stories.
    i really have tried to scour the internet for all i can, but pierrot is fading.
    i long to learn so much more.
    i long, too, to be able to blame pierrot for everything :)
    thnk you. x

  12. mihartofglass Says:

    Pierrot is a descendant of Pedrolino from the original Italian commedia dell’arte.