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Alexander Graham Bell: The Sound and the Silence (1991)

The Sound and the Silence (original title)
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Credited cast:
... Alexander Graham Bell
... Melville
Vanessa Vaughan
... Eliza
... Sumner Tainter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dwight Bacquie ... Charles Thompson (as Dwight Peter Bacquie)
... Glenn Curtiss
Francis Bell ... Thomas Watson
Rhondee Beriault ... Helen Keller
Ken Blackburn ... Elisha Gray
... Dr. Clarence Blake
Gerald Bryan ... William Orton
Patrick Brymer ... Tamblyn
Melissa Cassin ... Daisy
Clare Corridan ... Susanna Hall


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18 July 1993 (USA)  »

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Alexander Graham Bell invented a working single wing airplane before the Wright brothers invented their successful bi-wing plane at Kitty Hawk. See more »

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Wonderful movie!
3 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

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!

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