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TitleFaces in the Dark (1960)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityBlind
CountryUK
Length85
GenreThriller
Rating1
DirectorDavid Eady
CastJohn Gregson Mai Zetterling Micheal Denison
NotesB/W. The owner of a factory (John Gregson) turns down a take-over. His wife is unhappy and about to leave him. Then in a laboratory accident he is blinded. The scene jumps to his learning braille (very, very briefly), he wears dark glasses outdoors and he doesn't use a stick, or guide dog. His tactic is to walk around with his arms stretched out. He has scars around his eyes and worries he's ugly. He's impatient, bad tempered and rude to everyone. He's also totally arrogant thinking he is right about his business venture when everyone else disagrees. Oddly though this is the most important thing on his mind he and his wife are going to Cornwall for a month. You know the plot is changing into a mystery when she has had the phone disconnected. Her reason for this is so he won't worry about business. He begins to have frequent dizzy spells and gets the placement of objects wrong about which he has been very confident. His response to most criticism is "I'm only blind, not deaf and dumb". Eventually his wife tells him "the doctors were afraid he might be affected mentally." Which confirms his fears he might be going mad. Though the viewer suspects that the 'mistakes' he has been making have been set up. There is an odd twist to the plot involving his dissolute brother who visits and then dies. The brother is buried under his name which his wife explains is to prevent him being put in a mental home. Then when he runs away he discovers he is in France. But don't worry about understanding all of this. The script is as fourth rate as the acting, especially Gregson. This is a dull film which simply uses blindness as a plot device and makes heavy weather of it.

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