The Aria of Babyface Cauliflower Brown

2017
August
15

The larger-than-life characters, the clash of good versus evil, the long sweaty hair.  It’s classic opera.  And it’s also wrestling.

At least, it is according to pro wrestler “Cauliflower” Chase Brown – who philosophizes on the craft in this short doc from director Tim Grant and The New York Times.

Set to the dramatic strains of Verdi’s Ave Maria, Brown muses on narrative and the possible meaning found in what some consider to be a fake sport.

“It’s not a fake sport,” Brown insists. “It’s a form of storytelling no better or worse than any other…  There’s a story that gets told in wrestling about how things ought to be.  It’s a story about getting the redemption we feel we deserve.  That is a story that every form of art is trying to tell.”

When Grant and Brown first met by chance at a dinner party, Brown “drew comparisons to classical Greek theater, Shakespeare and, most notably, philosophy, his area of study at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. He talked about concepts of truth and the factors that make a character good or evil. The role of catharsis and how to understand a crowd.”

The resulting film is a little visual, aural and philosophical gem – and it reminds us to drop our judgement and see things – and people – with fresh eyes.

Read more about the film here.