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4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Gary Tarn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Secondrun
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WOTTSI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,291 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Painter Hugues de Montalembert was blinded in an attack in New York City in 1978. Without a shred of self-pity, he relates his extraordinary story of how he adapted his approach to the world after blindness, and continued living and travelling unaided through the world. As he says, 'vision is a creation ... some people use their eyes to avoid obstacles, not to look at the world or to understand something. In fact they are not really interested in looking at all.' Composer and filmmaker Gary Tarn has created a film that approximates to what it is like to see through Montalembert's eyes. If you want an affirmative, uplifting and courageous tale that is neither sanctimonious nor saccharine, and leaves you consideriung your own attitude to life, and how little you really make use of all the senses you have, then this is it.

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This is a very good film and one well worth shelling out for, since it rewards repeated viewings. The music is beautiful, the insights that it offers are (for a sighted viewer at least) likely to be fresh and revealing and it is pleasingly without a trace of patronising or sentimentality.
That said, it isn't perfect.

I first saw this film at a screening where director Gary Tarn was available for a Q&A afterwards. The film's almost Zen like state of serenity and its purity (ethereal music and just one voice) risked sending the viewer to sleep but also rendered it criticism-proof. Yet on a second viewing, as a blind person myself, I can detect faults.

As I understood it from the Q&A (and I may be mistaken), Hugues de Montalembert is a friend of Gary's, and the dialogue came from 4 hours worth of conversations. As someone who studied journalism, I can't help feeling that this is surprisingly little, and I do wonder if Gary might have benefited from being a little more probing. Of course this is just one man's experience, but as a visual artist with visual artist friends, how did Hugues retain a frame of reference
so that they could still have satisfying conversations? How does he feel about his attacker? While many blind people (myself included) have experienced hallucinations, were there catalysts such as previous drug experiences or religious background? Last of all, I am intrigued by the eccentric decision to write pages and pages of handwritten manuscripts. To what did these
relate and did it represent an attempt to hold onto a sighted paradigm? I'll take Hugues
at his word on this, but can't help cynically noting a similar scene in Jose Saramago's worryingly over-rated novel Blindness.
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A magnificent piece of work that recounts an extended moral and existential journey into vision and the imagination. One of those rare films that transforms the way you see and understand the world.
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Quite simply one of the most remarkable films ever made.

The true story of an artist who was suddenly blinded without prior warning.

He describes the process of going blind, the changes in his life since he became blind, and his changed outlook on life.

Makes one thankful for every minute of life.

The film is a narrative with atmospheric and emotional music plus scenes relevant to the artist's life story.

It should be shown in all schools to pupils in their early teens.

As important a film as one might ever see.
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...that there is no word to speak about Gary Tarn's "Black Sun".
Feel it with all your senses.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98901a2c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98906834) out of 5 stars Essential film 18 Nov. 2008
By British Commentator - Published on Amazon.com
Quite simply one of the most remarkable films ever made.

The true story of an artist who was suddenly blinded without prior warning.

He describes the process of going blind, the changes in his life since he became blind, and his changed outlook on life.

Makes one thankful for every minute of life.

The film is a narrative with atmospheric and emotional music plus scenes relevant to the artist's life story.

It should be shown in all schools to pupils in their early teens.

As important a film as one might ever see.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99853f90) out of 5 stars Not quite brilliant 17 Sept. 2011
By Russell Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The premise of the film is very strong, and the nonchalant way the protagonist relates what for most of us would be a disaster (i.e. to be struck blind in an attack) is very powerful and touching. However, the fact that the images - for me - lack another layer of meaning is not a plus. I had hoped for something as allusive as 'Sans Soleil' but in the end I found most of the image work lackluster and formless. I stayed riveted to the voice over and the revelations of his strange life 'post blindness' but I could as easily have listened to an audiobook.
Good, but not great.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x989068f4) out of 5 stars EXTRAORDINARY 21 Feb. 2010
By Chelsea Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is one of those extremely rare, life changing true stories. When you watch it, you will truly learn what grace, dignity, determination, gratitude, and courage mean and you will also realize how much of life's wonders and how many of its priceless gifts we manage to foolishly take for granted each and every day.
HASH(0x98906b40) out of 5 stars Essential film 18 Nov. 2008
By British Commentator - Published on Amazon.com
Quite simply one of the most remarkable films ever made.

The true story of an artist who was suddenly blinded without prior warning.

He describes the process of going blind, the changes in his life since he became blind, and his changed outlook on life.

Makes one thankful for every minute of life.

The film is a narrative with atmospheric and emotional music plus scenes relevant to the artist's life story.

It should be shown in all schools to pupils in their early teens.

As important a film as one might ever see.
HASH(0x9b8600cc) out of 5 stars My favorite films of all times 21 Nov. 2015
By Mary Ann Willoughby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What an extraordinary film! I love this iconic poetic film so much that I wanted to have my own copy so that I can watch it many times.
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