The story is simple, but what I fell in love with in this black and white film is the unique atmosphere, and also the chemistry between the two main characters is timeless. The atmosphere reminded me of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, which is a favourite book of mine. The music by Jerry Goldsmith is also beautiful and memorable.
The movie is about blindness and the difficulties this can cause for the blind person, their family and friends. If I was blind, this is how I would want to be treated by a stranger. I read actress Elizabeth Hartman during the shoot used special contact lenses that deprived her of her sight.
The film was one of the first to deal with a relationship between a black man and a white woman, this aspect of the movie was less interesting to me, and obviously was more groundbreaking and controversial in the 60s.
I don’t feel this passionate about older films that often. But I can see myself revisiting this several times in the future. I have a soft spot for films about blind characters, a couple of others I love are The Color of Paradise, & Scent of a woman.
A Patch of Blue is among the 10 best I’ve seen so far in 2010 for sure. The story may not be that complex, but the warmth of the characters makes this a must-see. 9/10
The only bad thing about this movie was that it had to end ( :
Readers, any thoughts?