L'art du silence

Maurizius Staerkle-Drux, Switzerland, 2022o


Marcel Marceau inspired generations as a mime. Overtaken by the Second World War at a young age, he joined the French Resistance and smuggled Jewish children into Switzerland, teaching them to express themselves using only gestures and facial expressions. This is how he found his unique art form, which he perfected on the world's theater stages from 1945. The documentary rolls up the life of the artist of the century, brings us closer to his dazzling personality and his timeless art, of which today's artists also give great samples in his footsteps

Anyone who thinks that pantomime is an art form of yesterday will be proved wrong by this documentary film about the French virtuoso of the century Marcel Marceau (1923 - 2007). With the help of two daughters (and excellent narrators), a grandson following in his footsteps and more recent representatives of the expressive art of gesture between theatre and dance, Swiss director Staerkle-Drux unravels, how the Jewish butcher's son from Strasbourg became involved in the war at the age of 17, joined the Resistance at 19, where he saved hundreds of Jewish children, and how he built up a world career from the post-war period to the 1990s with an audience of millions and 300 performances a year. Staerkle-Drux and his editor Tanja Stöcklin seamlessly insert fragments of Marceau's work and evidence of his phenomenal body control into the narrative flow - in combination with the strong camera work, another example of the world-class craftsmanship of Swiss documentary filmmaking.

Andreas Furler


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Interview with Marcel Marceau
/ Johnny Carson
en / 12/14/2022 / 22‘25‘‘

Maurizius Staerkle Drux über «L’art du silence»
From / SRF
de / 12‘50‘‘

Movie Datao

Other titles
Die Kunst der Stille DE
Die Kunst der Stille FR
The Art of Silence EN
Running time
81 Min.
Original languages
French, German
ØYour rating6.9/10
IMDB user:
6.8 (37)
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Cast & Crewo

Marcel Marceau
Maurizius Staerkle-DruxDirected by
Maurizius Staerkle-DruxScreenplay


Interview with Marcel Marceau
Johnny Carson, en , 22‘25‘‘
Review cineuropa
Giorgia Del Don
Review cinemabuch.ch
Noemi Daugaard
Review epd Film
Britta Schmeis
Review film-rezensionen.de
Oliver Armknecht
Review Ciné-Feuilles
Noé Maggetti
Maurizius Staerkle Drux über «L’art du silence»
SRF / de / 12‘50‘‘
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