EK20 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3514 times:
The French mime artist Marcel Marceau has died at the age of 84. Born in Strasbourg in 1923, Marceau was inspired by silent era actors like Charlie Chaplin, and studied under mime master Etienne Decroux in Paris.
MadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11311 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3444 times:
Marcel Marceau was an immense figure in the world of performing arts.
He has accompanied a great most part of my childhood.
He was most unfortunately forgotten in France.
Newer stage artists of lesser talents were more talked about than him.
His career and fame/success was mostly abroad.
He has now joined other great French artists, Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Jean Marais and Jean Cocteau in a galaxy where all the true artists have gone.
Rest in Peace, Mime Marcel Marceau!
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LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3339 times:
Marceau was Jewish, his father, a butcher was captured by the Nazi's and sent to and died in the Concentration Camps in Poland. Marceau was also captured but escaped from the Nazis, and became involved in the French Underground during WWII. Marceau allegedly helped save the lives of a number of Jewish Children by altering their ID papers. He also helped with American Forces during the war and in the post-war period.
Marceau helped to revive the art of mine. He was deeply influenced by silent stars like Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton. He studied under some of the best in mime performing in France after WWII. He became an international star by the mid-1950's with Television, especially in the USA. His main character was 'Bip' and the sailor suit styled outfit became his mark. He even appeared in the mid-1970's Mel Brooks "Silent Movie" and Marceau said the only word in it.
While many of us mock and despise mimes, it is an classic and very old form of performance, one that helped to revive. Yes, the jokes come easy with his death, as previously noted in other posts, but in life he entertained millions throughout the world in his exceptional and unique way.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13667 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3270 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 14): Yes, the jokes come easy with his death, as previously noted in other posts, but in life he entertained millions throughout the world in his exceptional and unique way.
Being the only person in Mel Brooks "Silent Movie" to have any spoken parts, I am sure he knew jokes would fly fast and furious over his death. I don't think he would see this as a put-down, but rather something more like: "Hey, at least I was able to entertain people even in death!"
FlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3201 times:
"Marcel Marceau died today... He went quietly"
And in terms of him being forgotten, that isn't the case over at The World Famous Jungle Cruise in Disneyland, CA. We have our own special joke for him that goes something like "And now in the words of the famous Marcel Marceau...". But of course no one gets it.