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Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)

Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 22 October 2002 (Hong Kong)
Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since adolescence, and her work on behalf of other deaf and blind people, this film shows how the deaf and blind... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Fini Straubinger Fini Straubinger ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M. Baaske M. Baaske
Elsa Fehrer Elsa Fehrer ... Herself
Heinrich Fleischmann Heinrich Fleischmann
Rolf Illig ... Narrator (voice)
Vladimir Kokol Vladimir Kokol
Resi Mittermeier Resi Mittermeier ... Herself
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Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since adolescence, and her work on behalf of other deaf and blind people, this film shows how the deaf and blind struggle to understand and accept a world from which they are almost wholly isolated. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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German

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22 October 2002 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Land of Silence and Darkness See more »

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Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany See more »

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Heavy insight into the land of nothingness
4 September 1999 | by Ola LundinSee all my reviews

Land of Silence is a really great documentary, one of Herzog's best I must say. His other documentaries are a bit uneven, which his movies are not. But this one, as well as his recent "Little Dieter Needs to Fly", are amongst the most moving documentaries I've ever seen. And they are still unique, Werner Herzog's personal traits can be seen everywhere. The transcendent landscapes, pure human beings, humour, it's all there.

The text on the back cover explains the movie very well:

"Some who live in this land have learned to speak, though they communicate with each other by touch language: what they say comes from the most profound depths of human experience, and is often startingly beautiful and exiting. This is not a depressing movie at all. Neither is it a movie for voyeurs of the grotesque. As Anita Earle writes, 'It is, rather, a testament from another plane of existence'"

At some points in this movie I laughed. The camera often stays very long on lonely, depressing people who spend their days either sitting or lying down. But it wasn't meant to be comedy, it is a way for me to step back. It is a very 'close' picture, it really gets to you. You're thinking "Jesus", and you want to react. And still, it is an artwork.


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