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Notes on Blindness (2016)

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In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
John M. Hull ...
Himself (voice)
Marilyn Hull ...
Herself (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miranda Beinart-Smith ...
Imogen
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Madge Hull
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Marilyn Hull
Mahalia Martin-Jones ...
Lizzie
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John Hull (as Dan Skinner)
Sidney Warbrick ...
Thomas (as Sidney Nicholas Warbrick)
Stanley Warbrick ...
Thomas (as Stanley John Warbrick)
Lorelei Winterfrost ...
Young Imogen Hull
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In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Upon their publication in 1990, Oliver Sacks described the work as 'the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.' With exclusive access to these original recordings, NOTES ON BLINDNESS encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.

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Im Dunkeln sehen - Notizen eines Blinden  »

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Interesting way of blending truth and "fiction"
8 October 2016 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I love the concept behind these. Using actual tapes, editing them together in a way to present them as a narrative, and then creating the visuals to match it. The fact that it is a story about a man who no longer can see, adds to it. It's an interesting way to mix truth and fiction, because the story and dialogue is all real, and could have been presented as a documentary of sorts. But by editing them, adding the environmental sounds, and getting actors to "play it out", it blurs the line in a really interesting way. That, in addition to some of the insights into how it is to become blind, are the clear highlights of the movie. Sadly, it does not have much more to offer that's very interesting.

In a way, ironically, I think this story would work better as just the audio. The editing done was brilliant, and combine with the atmospheric sounds added, I think it could have been a really good radio story. With an added level that a story about blindness would have no visuals.


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