Spring 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 2 NonfictionJanuary 1, 1968 |

The Mime Speaks: Marcel Marceau

William Fifield THE MIME SPEAKS: MARCEL MARCEAU HE TOLD ME ONCE THAT ON READING DOSTOEVSKY'S The Insulted and Injured he bawled aloud, but rereading the same passages later he was ice cold. As he talks, his face does the same work it does on stage. Vaulting to his feet, lhe is not describing the individual he has been telling you about but is inside looking out through that individual-invisibly around him like a glass bell. MARCEAU: I went into mime because of Chaplin and because of Barrault playing Deburau in Marcel Carn6's Les Enfants du Paradis. I was a painting student, but my father was taken by the Gestapo and I had to flee. FIFIELD: He was Jewish? MARCEAU: Yes. And my mother Alsatian. My father rode on a horse out of Russia when he was thirteen. He became a butcher. In the war, the Gestapo took him one day. And we never saw him again. I had to hide in a house in Paris-I taught drawing and acting to children. Later, I helped smuggle children into Switzerland. I was in the Resi

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