Marcel Marceau – Mime in the cinema

Mime in the cinema. Have anyone noticed that Mime is one of the most popular character in XX and XXI centuries movies? Animations, comedies, dramas, even horror movies. Everyone knows how Mime looks : painted white face, striped t-shirt, black beret or hat with red flower. And  this is of course very French.  Mime began in the Theater of Dionysus in Athens. Mimes painting the face white originated from stage shows dating back as far as 467 BC. The purpose of the white face was to help the audience be able to see the performer from far away. The designs on the face helped bring the character to life and express emotion without words.

Mime in the cinema by Runway Magazine

Let’s have a little count : Minions having their Mime. In the TANGLED one of the thugs wants to be a mime, THE ANGRY BIRDS, FLUSHED AWAY, FOREVER MIME. Mime character became the one of the most important character to show feelings.

Minions Mime by Runway Magazine
Mime Minion
Tangled - Wanted Pub Thugs-Runway-Magazine
Mime in THE ANGRY BIRDS by Runway Magazine
Marcel the Frog - FLUSHED AWAY
Marcel the Frog – FLUSHED AWAY

So, ok face is prehistoric, but what about striped t-shirt and black beret than? These are definitely French. And they are coming from the first and greatest Marcel Marceau.  Marcel Marceau, born March 22, 1923 in Strasbourg, France, became the most famous mimes in the world. He created his own school, Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau, in 1948, for the development of the mime arts. And that’s how he inspired the whole world for century.

Mime Marcel Marceau
Mime Marcel Marceau
Mime Marcel Marceau

The most amazing genius in the world – genius of Marcel Marceau inspired many great actors, dancers. Robin Williams starts to speak French , and Michael Jackson dance.


When you are going to watch this video look at Michel Jackson. The king of the Pop was so intimidated in the presents of great Marcel Marceau. Maybe press was more excited to see Michael Jackson, but name at least one movie where Michael Jackson lives on and gives another story. And now try to count the stories of the Mime Marcel – we counted more than 100.

Starsky and Hutch. It's Mr Mime Time.
Starsky and Hutch. It’s Mr Mime Time.
Mr Bean imagining his story with Marcel Marceau in one recent animated stories.
Mr Bean imagining his story with Marcel Marceau in one recent animated stories.

Marcel Marceau even went to comic books and video games in XXI with new stories. In some of them he is a hero with huge muscles under striped t-shirt fighting bad guys, and in some he turns our to be a ….. super hot hero girl.

Jessica Mime - Comic Vine
Jessica Mime – Comic Vine

The word “Mime” itself associated for 100 years with Marcel and his amazing touching look.