The Human Face
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Several sections were absolutely fascinating. The discussion on the evolution of the face claims that humankind's move toward an upright posture created an emphasis toward the eyes and visual stimuli and away from the nose and the sense of smell. Our profound reactions to facial expressivity are demonstrated in MRI brain scans that reveal activity deep in the amygdala as a reaction to faces showing fear although no conscious reaction was felt. Several curiosities reminiscent of "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" are explored, including a man who, following an automobile accident, wholeheartedly believed that his parents had been replaced by other people who looked exactly like them--he was able to recognize their physical appearance but had lost the emotional attachment that allowed him to recognize their relationship. Most heartening was a young woman with an exceptionally large jaw who had not only come to accept her looks but further to find her unique appearance a source of pride.
The series closes with an examination of fame, and here it seems to go astray--so much so that Cleese resorts to acts of gratuitous violence against Palin. The focus shifted rather unsettlingly away from the face to the idea of fame.Read more ›
Great for the whole family.
i enjoyed it on quite a few levels, for its intelligence, insight and humour.
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In one part, a white woman who was raped by a black man helps to wrongly convict an innocent man for ELEVEN years and the worst thing about how she feels is EMBARRASSED? Wow! If I was responsible for something like that I would be devastated at taking away a part of someone's life. They used this to show how we can easily mistake faces and how we tend to lump other races into a prototype. The point was a good point, but a better example of a more regretful person would have been more poignant.
The last episode "Fame" was a big drag. There were some fun moments such as Cleese visiting his usual produce store, but a large part of the show was taken up by who this casting director was going pick. Where was the science for this episode? It was more like an expose in why some people are addicted to celebrities, and a reality TV contest. Ugh.
I would say watch it for the first 3 episodes and have fun with it, but don't expect this entire show to be a documentary into how our faces work, and don't expect it to be scientific.
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If you want to know how to tell if someone is lying, this video will tell you what to look for in his or her face. Both amusing and informative. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard W Bodman
Great production with John Cleese and Elizabeth Hurley. Gotta love it. BBC.Published 13 months ago by Rick T
I wish there was a sequel. Some of the scenes and research have become dated.Published 20 months ago by Randy
The information is old and the dvd is padded with not such useful info. It might work for someone just new to the idea but is of no value to anyone who has investigated the subject... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Celeste
I read several books on Body language and this is a great video to help with the study of that . if goes into the face and what the different expressions can mean when you are... Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Bill Coleman
Controlling facial expressions is vital to becoming a consummate actor. This book opens the door and let's you discover possibilities.Published on March 16, 2013 by Erik Sean McGiven
this video is awesome, cleese is wonderful along with others!! it great for everyone. my teenagers are going to watch it next.Published on April 13, 2012 by Amy
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