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  • Actors: Hugues de Montalembert
  • Directors: Gary Tarn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Digital Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Indiepix
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QU882K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Sun (2005)" on IMDb

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What happens when a visual artists is tragically robbed of his main tool -- his eyesight? Gary Tarn's remarkable, award-winning documentary, BLACK SUN, investigates this through the story of Hugues de Montalembert, a New York-based artist and filmmaker who was blinded by a vicious attack in 1978. Defying expectation, the remarkable artist continued to travel the world alone, learning to navigate life in a new and beautiful way. Through striking imagery and philosophical narration, director and composer Gary Tarn creates an expressionist, poetic meditation on an extraordinary life without vision, and the idea of perception in general. Produced by Alfonso Cuaron (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, CHILDREN OF MEN) and John Battsek (ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER), BLACK SUN was called "essential viewing" by Time Out and played to rave reviews on HBO.

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One of the most remarkable British films to appear for a long time. Scratch that: its one of the boldest, most beautiful and haunting films to have appeared from anywhereAn extraordinary evocationmore adventurous even than of the late JarmanExquisite, woozy colours ripple and refract, drift and fade lush and subtly melancholic portraits of modern society that recall Chris Markers landmark Sans SoleilBlack Sun is a film about blindness that makes us see the world hungrily, deeply, anew. --- Sukhdev Sandhu, Telegraph

A work for all places and times, for anyone who seeks fully to live, to engage, it is indeed essential viewing. ***** --Gareth Evans, TIME OUT No 1 CRITICS CHOICE

Innovative work of art that provides all the facts and anecdotes of a conventional documentary, but which immerses them in a mesmeric ambience all of its own. ---Nicholas Barber, The Independent

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By British Commentator on November 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Quite simply one of the most remarkable films ever made.

The true story of an artist who was suddenly blinded without prior warning.

He describes the process of going blind, the changes in his life since he became blind, and his changed outlook on life.

Makes one thankful for every minute of life.

The film is a narrative with atmospheric and emotional music plus scenes relevant to the artist's life story.

It should be shown in all schools to pupils in their early teens.

As important a film as one might ever see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell Richardson on September 17, 2011
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The premise of the film is very strong, and the nonchalant way the protagonist relates what for most of us would be a disaster (i.e. to be struck blind in an attack) is very powerful and touching. However, the fact that the images - for me - lack another layer of meaning is not a plus. I had hoped for something as allusive as 'Sans Soleil' but in the end I found most of the image work lackluster and formless. I stayed riveted to the voice over and the revelations of his strange life 'post blindness' but I could as easily have listened to an audiobook.
Good, but not great.
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By British Commentator on November 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Quite simply one of the most remarkable films ever made.

The true story of an artist who was suddenly blinded without prior warning.

He describes the process of going blind, the changes in his life since he became blind, and his changed outlook on life.

Makes one thankful for every minute of life.

The film is a narrative with atmospheric and emotional music plus scenes relevant to the artist's life story.

It should be shown in all schools to pupils in their early teens.

As important a film as one might ever see.
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By Chelsea Girl on February 21, 2010
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This is one of those extremely rare, life changing true stories. When you watch it, you will truly learn what grace, dignity, determination, gratitude, and courage mean and you will also realize how much of life's wonders and how many of its priceless gifts we manage to foolishly take for granted each and every day.
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