Sunday, September 23, 2007

Marcel Marceau

I hope perhaps against hope that there will be nothing written on Marcel Marceau’s grave. In a world of blogs when people can’t seem to shut the hell up, Marceau made silence into an art. I hope the media give the man as much coverage as they did Pavarotti, though I suspect that they have a bias towards noise.

I suppose it’s hardly surprising when loud comedians are all in fashion. Friends look at me with a kind of benign pity when I tell them that I sit down at night and watch Keaton or Chaplin. They don’t even know who I’m talking about when I mention Harold Lloyd. Yet they gasp with outrage when I criticise the sometimes tediously unfunny 3 Stooges. Much as Laurel and Hardy are well loved, their silent work is little known, and the same is true of W.C. Fields, one of the world’s great physical comedians and jugglers.

9 comments:

Momentary Academic said...

*silent agreement and approval*

Ms Baroque said...
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Ms Baroque said...

Oops, God, HOW do you post a link in a flipping comment box??? I've linked to you. Lurvely post.

Lord Higham- Murray said...

---- -- --- right and what's more --- -- - ----- -- and that's just for starters. --- --- ----- ----- --
-----------------------!!!!%^

Great ---- ---- -- on Mr. Mangel, Chip.

Internet Ronin said...

There's no hope for me, I guess, because I love Burns & Allen and they would not have done well before the talkies. (Although, like you, I enjoy Keaton, Chaplin, Lloyd, and some of Mack Sennett's work.)

Mopsa said...

"Hooray for Harold Lloyd, deedum diddy deediddy dum deee... Harold Lloyd (etc)"

Ana said...

Or the unknown silent work of the great Karl Valentin, thinnest comedian ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q39rI-HuzeI

Shades said...

As Alexei Sayle once said- "it's a load of old wank, Mime..."

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