Wonderful movie! We're watching it in ASL due to the impact Bell had on Deaf culture. It's got some beautiful shots and moments and I love the way that the experiments--which are rather scientific at times--are explained so the viewer does not get lost. As a student of ASL, I find it incredibly interesting how they balance the arguments between oralism and sign language as well as the fact that most of the sign language and fingerspelling, as well as a few speech therapy techniques, are still used today. I was a bit confused on how he learned sign language well enough to teach, especially the different languages as there is not a universal sign language and the British and American versions differ greatly. I do want to add a couple of corrections to the first review: he grew up in Scotland, not Ireland, and the Gallaudet in the movie is not Thomas Gallaudet, but rather his son, A. W. Gallaudet. Hope that clears things up when viewing the movie!
- Jan 3, 2012
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