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Land of Silence and Darkness
Land of Silence and Darkness
Actors: Rolf Illig, Fini Straubinger
Director: Werner Herzog
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2005     1hr 21min

"In this astonishing documentary about the world of the deaf-blind, acclaimed director Werner Herzog (Signs of Life, Aguirre: The Wrath of God) explores the life of Fini Straubinger, a remarkable and kind-hearted 56-year-o...  more »


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Actors: Rolf Illig, Fini Straubinger
Director: Werner Herzog
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: New Yorker Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/05/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 21min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: German, German
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Very touching portrait of the deaf-blind.
F. Barragan | Bogotá,Colombia | 10/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Werner Herzog is famous for his movies about obssesive maniacs (Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo, etc.). However, it turns out that he has a great sensibility for documentary films. Although this movie is not for everyone -it has a very slow narrative- it is a very important testimony of those people who have lived in the land of darkness (blindness) and silence (deafness). It shows, amongst many other things, how these people live, how they "see" the world (notice how language falls apart here)and how they communicate. A word of advice: there is a shot of a poor child who was born deaf and blind and lived in isolation for several years (imagine a person who has not developed linguistic skills at all). That is one frightening and sordid scene that will give you nightmares.

I have a weird obsession with documentaries and love this film; however, if you're not into this genre you may want to rent the dvd first."
"I'm no different from you"
Josef I. Cruz | 05/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'm no different from you is a reccuring line you'll here throughout the film as Fini Straubinger (who I guess would come closest to being the protagonist) tries to connect with other deaf & blind handicaps. Yet that same line is something that struck me strongly as I noticed how certain myths and preconceptions about the deaf & blind were brought to light by the film. They were truly no different from you or I despite the handicap they had. In fact the only thing that really held these people back from living normally was society and even family. Overall the film was very informative to say at the least, it's best to watch this viewing experience brought by Werner Herzog yourself and see a different side to the Land of Darkness and Silence."