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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1 edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789478366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789478368
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 10.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"The face you see in the mirror had its beginnings in the primeval slime at the bottom of the sea," begins this large-format, picture-laden study The Human Face, by psychologist, biologist and sometime acting coach and director Brian Bates, with actor John Cleese. As early as "nine minutes after being born... we prefer to gaze at faces," they report. Noting that the face is "an identity tag," they explore "how we became so dependent on our visual senses, and how that helped to shape the evolution of our features." Moving from issues of beauty to "a realm of hype and superhype: the phenomenon of fame," they question why certain faces are able to convince us, mesmerize us and sell us products. Based on a BBC series, this engaging, thoughtful and sometimes funny treatment will bring smiles to many faces.

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...an unusual look at the vast sweep of humanity--from the neck up. (Men's Journal) It gives a whole new meaning to the term face value. (Time Out New York)

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Quite humorous as well.
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I LOVE it and have got a lot of compliments on it as well!
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Wow...What an awesome book!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of why we are drawn to faces thirty minutes after being born, when even then our eyes can barely focus. This inborn fascination with faces continues as we grow up and become fascinated with the face of the one we love.

Brian Bates brings his experience in psychology and biology to this beautifully bound collection. He has taught imagination techniques for actors, including face and mask work and has directed plays at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

This book is a journey of self-discovery. It explores the social and psychological aspects of the face. It is sometimes said, you never forget a face, but can forget a name. That has often been true for me. Why is it that I can remember a face so well?

We all have seven universally recognized facial expression: anger, fear, happiness, sadness, disgust, surprise and contempt. But we can make up to 7,000 discrete expressions. This work explores beauty in the eye of the beholder versus a universal agreement on which faces are beautiful. The area of sexual attraction and the naked truth behind facial features is interesting for many reasons.

On a bright yellow page the index lists origins, identity, expressions, beauty, vanity and fame. The pages are visually stunning. With colored pages and black writing contrasting with white pages and pictures. The pictures of two individuals from birth to middle age showed how we change over time.

I was intrigued by the "Expressions" chapter. Lady Diana's Eyes told the tale of her life as she moved from innocence to unhappiness. Did you know that the natural smile and the "masking/fake smile" uses different muscles to produce a similar effect. I tried this and it is an interesting experiment.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By m.l. pettit on July 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"The Human Face" is filled with full-size color photographs of faces from cultures around the world, of every age, of every emotion. Photos of faces illustrate chapters on Origins, Identity, Expressions, Beauty, Vanity, and Fame. This book stresses how important "faces" are to our lives -- the first thing a human infant responds to is a face. Findings in science and cultural studies are cited, still the book's language is easy-to-read and breezy. Fascinating. Wish the information was more in depth. Still worth it. You may not look at the people you know in the same way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Tracey on February 11, 2002
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Wow...What an awesome book! As an orthodontist, I found it incredibly interesting. Needless to say, I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the human facination with the face. Also, be sure to check out the video/DVD that was produced after the book. Great fun with John Cleese and Elizabeth Hurley, with additional material. Especially fascinating- the section on facial beauty with Dr. Stephen Marquardt.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lynn VINE VOICE on May 1, 2003
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great book, good read and some really good pictures. this is such a unique fun book to read i read it over and over again and love looking at all the cool and colorful pictures. this book tells all about the human face from the begining of time and where it originated up until what we are today. it covers many diffrent areas and topics relating to science, beauty, expressions etc... , it has everything you could think of! it covers everything you ever wanted to know about the face. i recomend this book to anyone whos interested in how humans interact with eachother and facial expressions and what we consider beauty and why, or even if you like science! buy this book today, it's worth it.
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