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Blind people protest "Blindness"

Blindness_01_502 Here's one for the stranger-than-fiction files: Blind activist groups are planning to protest the release of Miramax Films' Blindness at 75 theaters in 21 states across the U.S. this Friday.

Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, told the Associated Press that "the movie portrays blind people as monsters, and I believe it to be a lie. Blindness doesn't turn decent people into monsters."

N12997 The movie is based on Jose Saramago's 1995 novel about an epidemic that renders the inhabitants of a modern-day city blind, wreaking havoc on their social order. I haven't seen the film yet, because the press screening was held in Broward County on a morning I was facing deadline.

But I think the book is something close to genius and so clearly and obviously uses blindness as a metaphor that I can't understand what, exactly, the protesters are complaining about.

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Connie

I did see the movie, which isn't very good and is frustratingly simplistic and is about half an hour too long. It's heavy handed and dull. I didn't like much about it, but I can tell you this: It's not about blind people. To protest like that's the subject matter is just ridiculous.

Shane

Look, just like Palin said the other night: "Americans are cravin' that straight talk." What the NFB is really protesting, although they may not realize it yet, is the excessive use of metaphor in cinema.

lodro rigdzin

But of course, it's ludicrous to think that using blindness as a metaphor can be done in a neutral way. Just as it is impossible to use being black or asian that way. Society's attitude towards blind people isn't neutral, it's negative.

lodro rigdzin

And here, like elsewhere, I can't leave comment without sighted help, because of the captcha, which makes this blog inaccessible to me.

Sarah B

I love your blog and your take on movies in general. You are the only critic I read and as far as my friends and I are concerned...you are brilliant.

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