The American Printing House for the blind presents the first installment of "How Hollywood Has Depicted Blindness"
It is said that people who are blind compensate for it with heightened senses otherwise. We live in such a visually-focused world, it is difficult to imagine what it would be like to navigate it without being able to see. (A thought that just occurred to me: do those who are deaf have increased visual perception the way a blind person might have extraordinary hearing? I've never heard any such thing; perhaps this idea doesn't apply to the loss of the other senses.)
I don't know what it's like to be blind, and most people don't, so it would be interesting to get a unique perspective on the issue via the wide and wonderful world of film (which is, of course, what we are all about here at the Allan Day Film Column [more creative title pending]). Tomorrow, Saturday, is the first installment of a film series presented by the American Printing House for the Blind, entitled "How Hollywood Has Depicted Blindness". Each film will feature a major character who is blind, and the film will be introduced by Nancy Urbscheit, who teaches the class Disability in Film and Literature at Bellarmine. She will also lead a post-film discussion.
The first film in the series is Eyes in the Night, a 1942 noir film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Edward Arnold. Arnold plays Mac, a blind detective with a seeing-eye dog who is asked to break up his friend's step-daughter's relationship with a much older actor. When he finds the actor dead, he is on the case, eventually uncovering a Nazi plot.
Eyes in the Night will screen tomorrow at 12:30 at the APH, located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue. Admission is free but registration is required. You can register by calling 899-2213 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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