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o'mmendation for pantomime as a
means 'of expression that has" ever
been voiced. However, the gesticu
lations of the Frenchman or the Ital
ian are not the sort of pantomime
that moving picture acting demands.
A motion picture camera makes but
sixteen pictures per second. The arm
swinging of the Latin would appear
on the screen in jerky motions or
else as a blur.
The gestures in pantomime proper
ly practiced are unobtrusive Few
gestures are best Pantomime doesn't
necessarily mean gestures. It nleans,
rather, movement, action a condi
tion where the body Is busy instead
of being in repose.
All people talk more or less with
their hands; they use gestures to help
make clear what they feel and to
express what their words do not car
ry. Intelligent use of these two mem
bers of the body can bring out any
. number of ideas.
Some photoplayers have particu
larly expressive hands. They need
them. The hands are frequently as
definite in their declarations as
speech, and at times even more so.
A single pose does not bring out
the idea like a series of pictures in ac
tion will, such as is shown by a mo
tion picture film. The next time you
sit before a screen, watch, how anger
is portrayed by the hands; how the
claw-like hand depicts hate or how
the clenched fist denotes power.
A concrete example of the panto
mimic power of the hand is shown in
"The Red Circle," a recent Balboa
release, in which a hand squirms
from beneath the back curtain of an
automobile. On it is painted a red
circle. It immediately arouses curi
osity and also revulsion. Another ex
ample of the power of the hands is
displayed in my latest play, not yet
named, in which I dance down a flight
of stairs. Fully as much work is done
by the hands as the feet in classic
Be positive in your movements.
Make each-action, complete.- -That is
the secret of pantomime, whether it
be the hands that are participating or
al of the body.
WE'LL BET THIS MAKES ROBERT
W. CHAMBERS TURN PALE
GREEN WITH JEALOUSY !
With a clear, sweet voice, every
word intonating as distinctly as the
tone of a midnight chime, and re
echoing as softly as the fall of a pearl
in a golden cup, just so sweetly and
sympathetically did Miss Wolfe re
cite the sad, sweet poem, while Miss
Viola Palmer at the piano told the
same plaintiff story in soft, low tones
of Enoch's sorrow and Philip's patient
waiting. The Tabor (Ohio) Eagle.
HIST! WHAT'S IN HIS HAT?
GUESS? YEP! MIRROR
JV Jl El
Does fair Algernon think there's
mud in his eye? Nothing like that at
all. Algy never heard of anything so
rude as mud in the eye. But he does
fear his eyebrow is ruffled and his tie
slightly askew. Hence this surrepti
tious glance into his hat mirror, the
very latest thing. All the deah chaps
have 'em tucked-in-their-spring lids
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