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From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond: Mimes, Actors, Pierrots and Clowns: A Chronicle of the Many Visages of Mime in the Theatre

by Annette Lust
Foreword by Marcel Marceau

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Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 2000; George Freedley Memorial Award, 2000 (Finalist)

Annette Bercut Lust has spent a lifetime developing the knowledge to produce this definitive work on mime.

One of the few studies covering the historical flow of mime from its beginnings to postmodern movement theatre, this book explores the evolution of mime and pantomime from the Greeks to the twentieth century, depicting the role of mime in dance, clowning, the cinema, and verbal theatre throughout the centuries. It is also an in-depth study of twentieth-century mime masters, including Jacques Lecoq, Etienne Decroux, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Marcel Marceau.

In addition to defining and tracing the history of mime, Lust documents present-day training programs in North America and Europe, providing contact addresses and information on mime festivals and centers. A filmography listing mime and mime-related films and an extensive bibliography contribute to the usefulness of the book. There is also a chart tracing the origins of mime to the present and a chart demonstrating exponents of the various styles and schools of mime. With over 60 illustrations, this worldwide study is indispensable for the student, teacher, or fan of mime.

About The Author
Annette Bercut Lust is Professor Emerita at Dominican College where she teaches courses in beginning mime, theater production, dramatic literature, and French language and literature. For her teaching and publication on the French School of Mime, she received the Palmes Académiques from the French government in 1973. An active producer and director, Lust produces the annual Bay Area Original One-Act Play and Solo Festival at Dominican College.

Other books by Annette Lust:
Bringing the Body to the Stage and Screen: Expressive Movement for Performers

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