Sunday, September 23, 2007

RIP Marcel Marceau

Ah, Marcel Marceau. One of the great ones who showed us another way to communicate. Heard a moron on radio just now refer to "that guy, the mime" but didn't know she was referring to Marceau. And yes, one of the great movie bits of all time was his speaking cameo in "Silent Movie."

PARIS (Reuters) - Marcel Marceau, the world's best-known mime artist who for decades moved audiences around the world without uttering a single word, has died aged 84.

The Frenchman's extensive tours and appearances on camera brought his silent art to people across the globe. His comic and tragic sketches appealed on a universal level, with each audience interpreting his performance in its own way.

"Mime, like music, knows neither borders nor nationalities," he once said. "If laughter and tears are the characteristics of humanity, all cultures are steeped in our discipline."

On stage, he charmed with his deft silent movements, a white-faced figure with a striped jersey and battered top hat.

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