Marcel Marceau March 22, 1923 – September 22, 2007

I just read in an article that people either love mime or they don’t, and many don’t. Just like Marmite. Well, I love both, a lot. Maybe this has to do with the fact that I grew up in Europe. Mime with its connection to theater and the Italian Comedia dell’arte became an important performance art for me ever since I first saw Marcel Carné’s Les enfants du paradis, “Children of Paradise”.

Marcel Marceau was of course THE greatest and most famous mime artist, taking his stage personality “Bip”, the clown, all over the world — he last toured the US in 2004, returned to Europe in 2005, and performed in Australia in 2006. Wikipedia has an extensive biography.

Several years ago I saw an interview with him on PBS. His face, which on stage is hidden beneath strong make-up, was so expressive, so luminous and radiant, almost transparent, that the TV show became an unforgettable experience. I always meant to check whether PBS has a DVD or VHS tape of this interview that one can buy…

Here is a YouTube video with an interview where at the end he makes an immensely powerful statement against the atrocities of war, without speaking a word. Thank you.


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