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

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 8, 1973
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A remarkable, unaccountable film, both cold and moving.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Speaks volumes about the intrinsic human desire for empathetic communion.

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New York Times

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.

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Bill Gibron

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The subject is, by any standard, worth suffering the sometimes dodgy filmmaking.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
Even in his earliest documentaries, Werner Herzog displays an inquisitiveness and sensitivity towards his subjects and that's especially true with his… More