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THE MIME OF MARCEL MARCEAU

Documentary by Daniel Camus
Learning Corporation of America - 1972
Color, 22 minutes

The man behind the many masks — the great French mime Marcel Marceau — speaks as a philosopher, an artist, and a teacher through words and movement. Scenes showing the various classes conducted by Marceau and the teachers at his school — classes in body movement, gymnastics, dance, fencing and mime — are intercut with scenes of Marceau in performance. These performances are sequences from his well-known theatrical repertoire and include "The Mask-Maker," "The Painter," and "The Creation." Each routine is shown as the formal delineation of the movements and the expressive concerns that the students are working on in class — each is an essay in the terse language that Marceau is passing on to them. The segment that ends the film is from a routine for Marceau's Bip character, called "Bip In The Modern And Future Life." It is a visualization of concepts that Marceau has described in words a few moments earlier. It is a daring challenge to the supremacy of words as man's language of articulation. A tour de force of physical technique, it is also a defiance of limitations on the expressive powers of the human body. (Summary from the original study guide for this film.)

 

Biography

Marceau's Stage Performance — His character Bip, his Style Pantomimes, his Mimodrames

List of Countries Toured

Television Appearances

Film Appearances

Video and Audio Recordings

Books by and about Marceau

Paintings, Drawings, and Lithographs

Awards and Honors

Marcel Marceau Links


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