Posted in Uncategorized by leoniemilner on 11/10/2009

LAND DES SCHWEIGENS UND DER DUNKELHEIT

Werner Herzog made Land of Silence and Darkness in 1971. It follows Fini Straubinger and the interaction she has with the deaf-blind community, a community that she is part of after losing both her sight and hearing in her teens.

It is a film that investigates the nature and boundaries of human thought and communication and there is an unrefined, straigh-forwardness to both the way it has been made and how it appears on screen. For the last couple of minutes of the film, the camera does nothing more than silently follow Heinrich Fleischmann. In it’s simplicity it creates a complex and thought-provoking moment. Intimate and beautiful. 

Herzog, himself, has stated that the whole film is a preparation for the final image. 

 

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