Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit) (1973) - Rotten Tomatoes

Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit)1973

Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit) (1973)

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This moving documentary by director Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, and Aguirre, the Wrath of God) enters into the world of Fini Strabinger of Bavaria, who is both deaf and blind. Fini has made a career of helping others who are similarly afflicted, teaching them sign language and taking them on field trips to gardens and touching zoos. Told in an unaffected, homey style, this film uses a minimum of narration as it movingly explores the lives of these people. One of the film's highlights is footage showing Fini's reactions to her first airplane flight.

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Critic Reviews for Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

A remarkable, unaccountable film, both cold and moving.

August 3, 2005 | Full Review…

Herzog, one of the most talented of the new young German film directors, will one day make a movie that's as interesting to sit through as to argue about later. Land of Silence and Darkness is not it.

August 3, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
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The subject is, by any standard, worth suffering the sometimes dodgy filmmaking.

February 10, 2008 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Speaks volumes about the intrinsic human desire for empathetic communion.

February 12, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Land of Silence and Darkness is a tremendous testament to the strength of the human spirit...Werner Herzog is a filmmaker of substantive skill and talent.

July 28, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Watching and hearing Fini treat her patients is like watching Bob Ross paint.

July 17, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit)

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Herzog creates a sad and moving documentary that touches us as it offers us a glimpse of what it must be like to be locked inside a blind-deaf body (since we can never know exactly how it feels like) and find it so hard to communicate with other people and the world around.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Even in his earliest documentaries, Werner Herzog displays an inquisitiveness and sensitivity towards his subjects and that's especially true with his insightful "Land of Silence and Darkness." It is about deaf-blind people(they can see colors and hear static but that's about it) who are cut off from the outside world, only able to explore it and be communicated through touch with a companion.(There is a glove demonstrated as a guide to this form of language.) Those who were cursed to be born this way have a trouble with abstract concepts like night and day and to whom even water can seem terrifying. That exploration is only a set-up for the story of Fini Straubinger who became deaf and blind when young, as a result of injuries suffered from a terrible fall down a flight of stairs years before. After ending her own personal isolation, she travels with her fellow deaf-blind people to a botanical gardens and zoo and works tirelessly to end the isolation of others, as she brings awareness to a wider world in asking for better conditions.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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