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Thursday's Children (1954)





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Narrated by Richard Burton, Thursday's Children is a documentary about the Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, England. Filmed without sound and using narration sparingly, the documentary explores the silent world of these children (and their teachers) as they come to learn what sound is, even before they are able to articulate anything themselves. The narration explains that there can be no thought without words, only feelings, and that sounds must be taught visually, through pictures or example, or experienced through vibrations. The bulk of the film, however, concerns itself with the determination of the children and the joy they feel when their attempts at communication produce breakthroughs. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi
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A great and early documentary short from Lindsay Anderson. The film follows the children at The Royal School for the Deaf and shows us their everyday lessons. The film is almost silent apart from the music and the unmistakable voice of Richard Burton. Rather charming and heartwarming and a good slice of early Anderson. Just a note, this short, once hard to find, is avaliable as an extra on both the Criterion and Region 2 DVDs of 'If...'

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