Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A New Perspective for Roger Ebert

Sometimes all it takes is another way of looking at things to change your mind.

Roger Ebert, the film critic, recently shared a letter from a fan encouraging him to learn American Sign Language, which he has resisted doing in the past. I think the letter is wonderful, and the miles of comments below the letter insightful and interesting. It seems as though dozens of people have shared their stories with Robert and the rest of his readers. Take a look.

From the original letter: "in my opinion, beyond film itself, sign language is the MOST CINEMATIC forms of communication. It is dramatic, funny, tragic, illuminating, nuanced, and, yes, at times even embarrassing. If sign language could have a filmic format it would be 70mm Technicolor and viewed at the Cinerama Dome!"

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