1971-1980Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtDocumentaryGermanyWerner Herzog

Werner Herzog – Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit AKA Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)

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.

From Vogel’s Film as a Subversive Art:
Herzog’s magisterial magnificence comes into fuller focus with this “documentary” which reveals new facets of his creative genius. If Signs of Life and Even Dwarfs Started Small are secret works, hiding his true intentions, and if the brutally sardonic, metaphysical Fata Morgana reveals them, this unbearably moving account of the lives of the deaf-and-blind confirms Herzog as a mysterious new humanist of the 1970s, light-years removed from the sentimentality of the Italian neo-realists and the simplistic propaganda of untalented documentary film radicals. When a deaf-and-blind man, living in total “darkness and silence”, first gingerly touches a leaf, a branch, a tree, and finally enfolds its trunk in a wordless and sensuous embrace, we are in the presence of the true suffering (and hope) of humanity and the true genius of a great filmmaker.

1.63GB | 1 h 24 min | 780×576 | mkv



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