The world of cinema presents various perceptions of the history which determining factor is composed by the look of whom sees the images. Therefore, the cinematographic apparatus considers the look as the main condition to identify the content of the scenes. The cultural experiences and visual memory set essential elements in order to find visibility inserted into the blind’s look. From the perspective of the cultural and individual experience, the present work purposes a study about the blind’s perceptions towards the cinematographic images. The field research has analyzed a specific group of four blind born women put into the same geographical, social, economical, and intellectual referential, going through many important stages in order to generate interesting and unexpected results with regard to the effects produced by the movie samples analyzed. A methodological analysis was developed by means of the screening of a north american mass movie and an art film shared in different sections, so that the volunteers could take part in the interviews and group discussions. In this field research, the cultural experience combined with the sensibility were proved to be the main factors which allow the blind women to recognize the images in the world depicted in the movie screen. They can find out the “truth” of the images through cultural and individual experience, making possible the comprehension and recognition of the visual messages in the cinema, as messages already developed, products of a culture bound for the consumption, a culture which expects predictable and manufactured results.

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Department of Media and Communication

Paz Aléncar, A. (2010). The blind’s look reception towards the cinematographic images. In Avanca / Cinema 2010. Retrieved from

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