1. Citizen Kane (1941) 2. Seven Samurai ( 1954 ) 3. Gone With The Wind ( 1939 ) 4. It's a Wonderful Life ( 1946 ) 5. Papillon ( 1973 ) 6. Cool Hand Luke ( 1967 ) 7. The Man From Earth ( 2007 ) 8. The Bridge On The River Kwai ( 1957 ) 9. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ( 1939 ) 10. Big Fish ( 2003 ) 11. Modern Times (1936 ) 12. Dances With Wolves ( 1990 ) 13. There Will Be Blood ( 2007 ) 14. Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid ( 1969 ) 15. Awakenings ( 1990 ) 16. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre ( 1948 ) 17. The Wages of Fear ( 1953 ) 18. Matrix ( 1999 ) 19. The Wizard of Oz ( 1939 ) 20. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 22. Inherit the Wind (1960) 23. 12 Angry Men (1957) 24. A Beautiful Mind (2001) 25. Paths of Glory (1957) 26. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 27. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 28. The Elephant Man (1980) 29. La haine (1995) 30. God on Trial (2008) 31. Pulp Fiction (1994) 32. La migliore offerta (2013) 33. La vita è bella (1997) 34. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 35. Le tout nouveau testament (2015) 36. Falling Down (1993) 37. The Rainmaker (1997) 38 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 39. The Devil's Advocate (1997) 40. Stand by Me (1986) 41. Being There (1979) 42. Psycho (1960) 43. Det sjunde inseglet (1957) 44. Ladri di biciclette (1948) 45. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 46. Strangers on a Train (1951) 47. Stand by Me (1986) 48. Anatomy of a Murder (1959) 49. Primal Fear (1996) 50. The Godfather (1972)
İkinci Liste ...and justice for all. (1979) Nocturnal Animals (2016) In the Name of the Father (1993) Bacheha-Ye aseman (1997) Lord of The Rings Triology (2001) Dead Poets Society (1989) The Great Dictator (1940) Scent of a Woman (1992) The Great Debaters (2007) Rope (1948) A Man for All Seasons (1966) The Life of David Gale (2003) It Happened One Night (1934) Lord of War (2005) Good Will Hunting (1997) Dead Man Walking (1995) Murder in the First (1995) The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Amistad (1997) Doubt (I) (2008) The Princess Bride (1987) Rear Window (1954) Dial M for Murder (1954) Groundhog Day (1993) M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (1931) Back to the Future (1985) You Don't Know Jack (2010 TV Movie) Paper Moon (1973) A Few Good Men (1992) Casablanca (1942) Vertigo (1958) Double Indemnity (1944)
Üçüncü Liste Relatos salvajes (2014) JFK (1991) The Terminal (2004) Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011) The Hateful Eight (2015) 99 francs (2007) Catch Me If You Can (2002) The General (1926) 25th Hour (2002) Jagten (2012) Shutter Island (2010) The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) The Truman Show (1998) Django Unchained (2012) October Sky (1999) Seven Pounds (2008) The Gold Rush (1925) Contratiempo (2016) The Sixth Sense (1999) Whiplash (2014) Million Dollar Baby (2004) Conviction (II) (2010) Field of Dreams (1989) The Usual Suspects (1995) The Kid (1921) City Lights (1931) The Bucket List (2007) Liar Liar (1997) As Good as It Gets (1997) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) K-PAX (2001) Straw Dogs (1971) Agora (2009) The Fisher King (1991) Rain Man (1988) Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) Das Leben der Anderen (2006) The Apartment (1960) Inception (2010) The Reader (2008) Find Me Guilty (2006) The Merchant of Venice (2004) The Hurricane (1999) The Shining (1980)
Dördüncü Liste I Am Sam (2001) Sleepers (1996) Yes Man (2008) Mystic River (2003) Gran Torino (2008) The Straight Story (1999) Goodfellas (1990) Cinderella Man (2005) Heat (1995) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Hotel Rwanda (2004) The Help (2011) Barry Lyndon (1975) Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) Se7en (1995) Unforgiven (1992) El secreto de sus ojos (2009) My Cousin Vinny (1992) The Great Escape (1963) El cuerpo (2012) The Third Man (1949) Amadeus (1984) Bridge of Spies (2015) Ran (1985) Fight Club (1999) On the Waterfront (1954) Der Untergang (2004) Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Sling Blade (1996) Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Reservoir Dogs (1992) Philadelphia (1993) Patch Adams (1998) Fargo (1996) My Dinner with Andre (1981) Sin City (2005) The Sunset Limited (2011 TV Movie) In Bruges (2008) Presumed Innocent (1990) Full Metal Jacket (1987) The Prestige (2006) Hobbit Triology (2012)
Beşinci Liste Arrival (2016) The Blind Side (2009) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) Ocean's Eleven (2001) Blood Diamond (2006) The Thing (1982) The Illusionist (2006) Das Boot (1981) Yes Man (2008) Schindler's List (1993) Gandhi (1982) Identity (2003) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Raging Bull (1980) Celda 211 (2009) Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) The Game (1997) Predestination (I) (2014) Kingdom of Heaven (2005) 50 First Dates (2004) American History X (1998) Gone Girl (2014)
In the corner beside my window Hangs a lonely photograph There is a reason I never notice it Memory that could hold me back There is a wound that's always bleeding There is a road I'm always walking And I know you'll never return to this place Gone through days without talking There is a comfort in silence So used to losing all ambition And struggling to maintain what's left There is a wound that's always bleeding There is a road I'm always walking And I know you'll never return to this place Once undone, there's only smoke Burning in my eyes to blind To cover up what really happened And force the darkness unto me There is a wound that's always bleeding There is a road I'm always walking And I know you'll never return to this place
Blindness is a great novel by Portuguese writer José Saramago that deals with human's individual and collective reactions when in the face of adversarial forces. I finished this work of masterpiece and I let it to sink in a little bit before reviewing it. The power of this book was quite overwhelming and astounding at times and I had to stop reading for a few days at a time. I do not think there are many books that afflicted and disturbed me like this one. Maybe “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro, but there the message was much more deep and subtle.
Some say that the structure of the book makes it very difficult to read. But I suppose the voice in my head did quite a good job in reading it as I did not encounter any difficulty to follow the narration. What made it hard to read at times were the images and smells that were projected and inflicted into my brain. At some point it seemed that human waste odour was rising from the pages in front of me.
The plot is about one day people start to go blind without any prior symptoms. Frightened, the Government tries to restrain the blindness epidemic by isolating and locking the blind people into a mental institution. The quarantine is not successful and more and more people go blind day after day. The book focuses on the life of a few "patients" locked and guarded into a mental institution, among who lives the only person immune to blindness. The person is wife of doctor. She goes to the mental institution to help her husband. As the world goes blind the wife of the doctor is left unaffected. She continues to help where she can, but is reluctant to let everyone know she can see. She would be a slave to the group if they ever found out she could still see. She breaks out with a group of people all identified by their past professions or by some other identifying marker. We never do learn any of their names as if their identities have escaped them with their loss of vision. The loss of sight reduces people to their primal instincts (good or bad) and soon we are witnesses of some unimaginable horrors in the fight for food for supremacy for life and to the demise of all social and moral institutions. However, there are people that still try to help and to keep a bit of humanity and decency.
“If we cannot live entirely like human beings, at least let us do everything in our power not to live entirely like animals.”
I thought that the book is a metaphor of the people that are walking through life without thinking about the violence and cruelty that is in front of them, their ignorance of anything that could threaten to their civilized life. I believe the book brings forward our fear and avoidance to see our mortality and the insignificance of our lives.
“I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”
“Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.”
“This is the stuff we’re made of, half indifference and half malice.” You think everything is possible. You think everything possible must already exist. You think again of something you already believe: that people read the books that find them. That stories arrive to tell themselves, as relevant as news. A little King, a little Camus, a little Gabriel Garcia: which is to say Blindness is a lot of everything.