Sunday, October 08, 2006

 

The Miracle Worker

A wonderful example of a film that bridged the divide between old Hollywood and new Hollywood at the time, Arthur Penn's amazing black-and-white film The Miracle Worker, is a powerful work of art from start to finish. Its stark visualization stands in interesting contrast to the more conventional performances of the supporting cast. But it's the leads which carry the film to a level rarely seen at the time. Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke (as Annie Sullivan and a young Helen Keller, respectively) both received well-deserved Oscars for their efforts. The documentary-like, black and white feel of the film helps to strip, what could have easily been an overly sentimental approach, given the subject matter. The Miracle Worker is years ahead of its time (1962) and as a result still feels fresh today.

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