Public Doman Marceau

The world has lost its most famous and best-loved mime.

Marcel Marceau revived the art of mime after World War II and his “Compagnie Marcel Marceau” performed as the only mime troupe glabally until the late 1960s. Many performers were influenced by Marceau and he directed the Ecole Internationale de Mime before beginning Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame in Paris in the late 1970s.

A French Jew, Marcel Marceau (nee Marcel Mangel) invented his white-faced character Bip to portray the gamut of human emotions.

This work of marceau’s may be the pattern that Jerry Lewis traced in his never-released film The Day the Clown Cried, concerning a concentration camp clown that led children to the gas ovens and incinerators and the emotions he experienced among the trusting chilren.

In 1944, Marceau’s own father was sent to Auschwitz, where he died a persecuted man among persecuted people. The depth of emotion Marceau was able to portray through movement surely had a seed in this event.

Marceau’s work certainly influences one of the youth pastors at our church. Long in youth drama and mime troupe coaching activities, he formed his own group and named it Joy Unspeakable. Like Marceau, he says more of substance in one hand movement than some people speak all day.

His advise to everyone was always to keep working as long as you can.

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