Special Sub-Topic: Mime - The World's Worst Art Form
|Which ancient civilisation is guilty of starting the whole sorry mess that is mime?|
The Greeks. Yes, the Greeks gave us many things that are important and good. And they gave us mime. The first recorded example was a dancer called Telestes, who started miming in the middle of an otherwise enjoyable performance. History does not record what sort of objects the audience threw at him.
|Which religion banned mime?|
Christianity. I've never thought Christianity had a great deal to recommend it, but banning mime has to be one of the Christian church's finest moments. It seems they thought it was "indecent".
|Which of these rugby clubs has a name related to a traditional character of mime?|
Harlequins. Harlequin represented the evil conscience, the counterpart to Pierrot, the good conscience. Harlequin dressed in a multi-coloured diamond patterned costume, possibly so people wouldn't realise they were watching mime.
|True or false: mime traditionally featured a lot of bastinadoes.|
t. Surprisingly, bastinado isn't an insult - it means a beating with a cudgel. Apparently this was part of the act and not a spontaneous reaction from passers-by.
|Which of the following was not a famous French mime act of the 19th century?|
Idiot d'Ennui. Idiot d'Ennui was not an actual act, although it describes many.
|The film "Les Enfants du Paradis" was the fictional biography of which real life mime?|
Jean Gaspard Deburau. This 1945 film about a mime of the early 19th century was filmed under the supervision of the Gestapo. Decroux and Barrault both appeared in it.
|What does the word "mime" mean?|
Imitation of Life. From the Greek, "mimos" or the Latin "mimus".
|Which of the following films features a vampire mime?|
Interview with the Vampire. Stephen Rea plays a vampire who mimes, and also slaughters innocent members of the public. In combination, perhaps the most evil character ever to blight the silver screen.
|The modern mime who was named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations was Marcel who?|
marceau & marceaux. As if World War III wasn't close enough already.
|"Mimimimimimi" is the catchphrase of which Muppet?|
Beaker. OK, it's a little off the subject, but I just couldn't take any more mime questions.
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