Remember the song Makarevich? "Rabbits, tigers, wolves in a cage, they are all puppets in the hands of skilful and overworked" In Russia, from puppets largely remained just that song. Russian parsley is very few people interested, but on Sicily this old pastime has now become a kind of cult. Of course, ideas are already much smaller – Sicilian "petrushek" survived television and video games, but on those rare evenings when held view – in the theater going to the city The main leitmotif of all productions – is fighting the Saracen knight in shining armor with a sneaky Arabs. Nothing strange in this, because it is the Normans in the xi century drove the Arabs from the island, which at that time ruled the island neither more nor less than 200 years. Of the puppets are doing these knights – all the helmets, shields and armor always get off manually, and the medieval kings and their great surprise the couple crowned the beauty of a truly royal dresses. And as in Russia was the main favorite parsley, then in Sicily was a favorite hero of the narrative – the embodiment of generosity, selflessness and honor – Paladins have always differed and loyalty incredible courage. Certainly for the people who almost never pokladal sword because of the numerous rebellions against the invaders, became a hero at once the most beloved. Sicilians could not fail to inspire adventures of these romantic heroes. And so it appeared that most on there is a folk tradition, based on a poem written by Ariosto – 'Roland Furious' – it's incredibly long poem – 39,000 verses dedicated Palladino, telling about his life. Since the 39,000 verses can not be reduced to 10, the enterprising Sicilian puppeteers have made him a real series, which worked on the principle of "1000 and one nights", ie, every night during the year puppet show, every night presentation broke off in mid-sentence, and from that moment begins the next evening and the next day, Hall was again filled – the audience was anxious to see what will happen next All soap opera, or rather 'Opera dei Pupi lasted exactly 394 days. The audience, not breathing, with a sinking heart followed by 12 knights of Charlemagne, who valiantly fought against the Moors, witches and monsters, fall in love with the beautiful ladies, defended the weak and needy sometimes passions reached such an extent that some viewers literally jumped on stage to help the beloved hero.