Monday, September 24, 2007

Waving goodbye

(AP Photo/file)

Marcel Marceau, the amazing French mime artist, has passed away. On MIX-FM radio this morning, Sammy and Subby appropriately farewelled him with one minute's noise (more appropriate than a minute's silence, they reasoned) and played some of Marceau's greatest hits. Very cute.

I was fortunate to see the great man on stage at the (also now-departed) Regent Theatre in Sydney in about 1975. High school French excursion; dinner afterwards at "La Guillotine", if I recall correctly.

Of course, we also remember Marceau as the only character who delivers dialogue in Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie". Where would the Umbilical Brothers be if they weren't allowed to make noise during their mime acts?

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