THE STORY OF BIP by Marcel Marceau


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The whole Story of Bip is a sort of beatific vision to which Marceau attributes his famous chalk-faced alter ego's emergence as a character/performer. In romantic double page pictures, alternately gray wash and color (dreamy blues or soft, indulgent reds), a miming, mugging Bip--""frightened, but happy to be frightened""--soars and glides through smudgy clouds and luminous, spacescapes as his words describe radiant suns and phantasmagoric lunar scenes. At the end, he's set back down on earth in a circus tent with angels, people of all colors, a lamb and a lion, and even a Charlie Chaplin on a trapeze--joyfully embracing the world. We suspect that there's more to Bip than this fluttery, peaceable fantasy lets on, but Marceau's free floating illustrations do set a pretty mood.

Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 1976
Publisher: Harper & Row