Bip in a Book by Marcel Marceau

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Marcel Marceau's genius for the art of silence has astonished and delighted audiences of all ages for more than 50 years. Now, Bip in a Book captures the celebrated mime's boundless talent in a playful and charming adventure - and we really mean captures. Bip is Marceau's beloved alter ego, a hapless clown with unlimited curiosity and compassion. Since his debut in 1947, Bip has bravely explored every imaginable location, from a skating rink to a lion cage. But he has never been trapped inside the pages of a book...until now. Bip's struggle against invisible walls is the subject of "The Cage," perhaps the best-known mime drama of all time. In Bip in a Book, this richly evocative drama is reinterpreted for a new generation. Once again Marceau's famous innocent is trapped, but this time he is confined not by an imaginary cage, but by a page. Dressed in his signature striped pullover and battered opera hat, Bip is happily oblivious to his plight until he walks smack into the right edge of the page. As the reader turns the pages, Bip's imaginative exploration of this unexpected situation is told through 32 vivid photographs, each underscoring Marceau's outstanding gift of expression. Anyone who loves the theater will cherish these playful photographs of a modern master at work, but even readers who have never seen Bip will be drawn to the creativity and suspense of this one-of-a-kind story.
 

About Marcel Marceau

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Marceau is universally acclaimed as the world's greatest mime. He was trained in Paris. Bruce Goldstone writes educational books. He estimates that he has written more than 2,000,000 words. He lives in New York City. Steven Rothfeld has been a contributing photographer for "European Travel & Life" and a contributor to "Bon Appetit" and "Travel & Leisure". Besides his own "French Dreams", he is the photographer for such books as "Entrez", and "Patricia Wells's Trattoria". He is also the photographer for the "365 Days in France Picture-a-Day" calendar with text by Patricia Wells, and the "365 Days in Italy Picture-a-Day" calendar with text by Patricia Schultz.
 
Published September 15, 2001 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang. 64 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Rothfeld's photos brilliantly create a cinematic effect: Marceau first loses his hat to gravity, then loses his own tenuous hold, falling (over several spreads) to the bottom of the page.

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