A female friend recently saw a video of pretty old movie, “The Last Station” (directed by Michael Hoffman), which illustrates the struggle of Leo Tolstoy (the Russian author) to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.
She said that in the movie, Tolstoy declares “You don't need a husband, you need a Greek chorus!” to his wife, who growls back “I’m gonna be Anna Karenina by being buried under a tramcar. See how the papers will like that!”
My friend asked me what “You need a Greek chorus” meant.
I haven’t seen that movie, therefore I have no idea regarding the meaning of that line.
Does “Greek chorus” have a specific, figurative meaning in this line, or does it simply mean that his wife was more interested in the notion of having a Greek chorus than on having a husband?