Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Miracle Worker (1962)

The story of Helen Keller, who was blind and deaf since birth. When she grows older, her family is afraid that she'll be taken away to an institution, so they ask for help from the Perkins Institute, a school for the blind. They send over Annie Sullivan, who has had operations on her eyes because she was once blind herself to be Helen's tutor. But it isn't easy, especially since Helen has been spoiled by her parents and doesn't know how to act civilized. Annie has her work cut out for her, struggling to teach Helen discipline, even something as simple as using a spoon to eat. But she doesn't give up. She feels the only way to get through to Helen is to take her from the house to a place where she can be the only one around to teach her. So Annie finds a little house in the woods that is perfect. Despite their objections, the Keller's pack up her things and brings the inquisitive Helen to the little house. An amazing film; both Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke are sensational in this moving and powerful piece of art. Starring Anne Bancroft, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Pine, Kathleen Comegys, Patty Duke 9/10

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