The Cage (TEFC)

United States, 1975

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Episode of Series “The Art of silence: pantomimes with Marcel Marceau and his partner Pierre Verry”.
Allegorical pantomime performed by Marcel Marceau showing a person struggling to escape from confinement- an enclosure of invisible walls. Marceau’s groping movements and final breakthrough, only to find another invisible wall, express mankind’s continuing struggle for enlightenment. Marceau believes that “we have but to walk out of the cage”. Also features his partner Pierre Verry. Suitable for upper secondary school level.



John Barnes

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Films





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Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Crafts & Visual Arts → Performance art

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Communication - Social aspects

Music & Performing Arts → Mime

Music & Performing Arts → Performing arts

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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