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The Miracle worker

Author: Anne BancroftPatty DukeWilliam GibsonArthur PennFred CoeAll authors
Publisher: [U.K.] : MGM/UA Home Video [distributor], ©2004.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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William Gibson's play is based on the relationship between Helen Keller, born deaf and blind, and her Irish governess, Annie Sullivan. While still retaining traces of theatricality in the dialogue the overriding impression of the scenes between Helen and Annie, often filmed in long takes, is that of raw spontaneity. This unsentimental life-affirming film is grounded in a sense of the complexities and confusion of  Read more...
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Named Person: Helen Keller; Anne Sullivan
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Bancroft; Patty Duke; William Gibson; Arthur Penn; Fred Coe; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.; United Artists.
OCLC Number: 224427788
Language Note: Languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish. Subtitles: French, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Romanian, English for the hearing impaired.
Notes: Based on the play by William Gibson.
Originally produced by Playfilm, 1962.
Credits: Producer, Fred Coe ; director, Arthur Penn ; script, William Gibson ; photography, Ernest Caparros ; music, Laurence Rosenthal.
Cast: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson [et.al.].
Target Audience: Rated M, 15+. Contains: Adult Themes.
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca.103 min.) : sd., b&w ; 12 cm.
Details: DVD.
Responsibility: directed by Arthur Penn ; produced by Fred Coe ; screenplay by William Gibson (based upon his stage play).

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William Gibson's play is based on the relationship between Helen Keller, born deaf and blind, and her Irish governess, Annie Sullivan. While still retaining traces of theatricality in the dialogue the overriding impression of the scenes between Helen and Annie, often filmed in long takes, is that of raw spontaneity. This unsentimental life-affirming film is grounded in a sense of the complexities and confusion of human existence. Helen is the ultimate outsider, an outcast from life itself. Annie, a combination mother and father to Helen, is able to give her life through the (re)birth of human intelligence. Annie achieves this because of her obsessive drive, a measure of both her greatness and unfittedness for normal life. The intense physicality of the drama comes close to reconciling conscious control and instinctive drive.

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