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Dined effort of all other portions of
the body is needed to properly regis
ter emotion through pantomimic ex
pression. The lips and teeth are the only por
tions of the mouth that figure in ex
pressing wordless conversation on
The lips are highly important in ex
pressing varying sentiments and emo
tions. Diction and enunciation, two
functions of speech in which the lips
play the major, part, are frequently
depicted in picture. By watching the
expression of the lips in a "close-up"
the audience hears words spoken as
plainly as though the syllables actu
ally assailed the ear. To carry this
message of words to the watcher, the
lips must accentuate the pronuncia
tion, yet the action must not seem ex
aggerated. The smile, the snarl, the pout all
are told in the photoplay by the lips.
And how would you picture surprise
without the lips? In disdain, the curl
of the lips tells the story. Happiness
is shown by the upward pointing of
the corners of the mouth. Flat, hard
lips give the notion of indifference.
All these expressions can be culti
vated and controlled with practice.
Few people realize what an import
ant part the teeth play in screen talk,
until their attention is called to it.
One's dental equipment goes a long
way toward establishing character
also toward "landing a job" in mo
tion pictures. Strong, regular teeth
are seldom associated with weak, col
orless people. Those playing "heavy"
or villain parts often have sets of ex
tra teeth to put over their own in or
der to get a more sinister expression.
Only recently have the better players
come to understand that the teeth
can be made as expressive as the
eyes, and the lips as effective as the
The secret success is pantomimic
work when analyzed consists chiefly
in the finer uses one makes of his nat
ural equipment The first thing play
ers from the legitimate stage learn
when they enter the movies is how
little they know about pantomime. All
go back to.the footlights with a great
er knowledge of acting because of
their experiences in filmland.
Editor's Note. Now come the eyes.
In her next instalment, Miss Saunders
tells how important are the eyes to
the screen actor, and what uses they
are put to.
HAREM VEIL IS USED BY PALM
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Mere American or Paris clothes no
longer satisfy Palm Beach belles. The
raiment of the harem, including the
heavy face veil, was worn by Miss
Muriel Oakes of New York at a recent
"Beach" costume party.
Three hundred years ago the pop-,
ulation of London was only 150,000.,