Movies From the Hat V #25 – Jane’s Pick – Notes on Blindness (2016)


This is my 2974th Review

Thanks to Jane of 500 Days of Films for this recommendation.

Here are her thoughts on the film.

“What I remember about you most vividly in those years was your amazing practicality. You never expressed regrets. You just got on with the next thing, step by step. The way you did that, I always thought was incredible. ” – John

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Memoirs of a philosophy Professor as he began to lose his eyesight and the insights he has on life in general.

My Take on it – This film is quite unique because it uses techniques that most films wouldn’t even consider using in order to give its audience a more moving experience.

First off, this film gives us a synched version of both the original audio tapes of John Hull and an actor playing him who is just moving his lips perfectly in conjunction with the audio.

This gives us the amazing feeling that we are watching Hull as he was recording these tapes over thirty years ago.

Listening to his thoughts is a great experience because we get to hear such interesting ideas coming from someone coping with the loss of one of his senses.

The film is also shot in a way that we can experience things in a similar way that he did which also enhances the viewing enjoyment of it all.

Bottom Line – Loved the way that they were able to re-enact so much of his experiences while merging actors lip syncing to the words spoken on the tapes.  The amount of wisdom that can come from a person as they see the light dimming in front of them is quite extraordinary to listen to.  The techniques used in order to help us understand even more what it’s like for someone with sight to slowly lose is is great.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When it was shown on British TV, the film was made available with two soundtracks. The first was a “heightened soundtrack” produced by one of Europe’s leading sound designers, Joakim Sundström, who created a rich, immersive soundtrack calibrated specifically for blind audiences, using enhanced sound design and additional audio from the characters to guide the audience through the story. The second was a more regular audio described version read by Stephen Mangan.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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