Thumbs up to deaf film: “I See The Crowd Roar, The Story Of William ‘Dummy’ Hoy”

deanne bray dummy hoy ryan laneLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Long title, but great filmmaking! Even better acting. I was impressed with the reenactments in this documentary to the point where I believe they could have told the entire story of baseball great Dummy Hoy with the deaf actors they cast and it would be entirely believable. The costumes were almost period and so were some of the locations — for a low-budget film, the producers really pulled it off.

They didn’t slouch with incorporating the many photos, stills, artwork and interviews, either — quite cleverly done actually — almost up there at PBS level. Somebody obviously sat in the editing suite for a long, long time!

I understand the DVD version is a revision. A funky soundtrack yanked, and additional audio work done and perhaps a bit of tightening up elsewhere. A few minor filmmaking blunders includes an interview conducted in mixed shade and sunlight — a big no-no. The title is way too long — this makes marketing needlessly difficult.

But these are just mere quibbles. The producers smartly avoided getting political on deaf education issues of the day — this would have been a kiss of death.

“I See The Crowd Roar, The Story Of William “Dummy” Hoy”:   Rating: B+

Recent interview with filmmaker David Risotto:

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2 replies

  1. Thanks for attaching my interview with David. In the baseball world, this film is the beginning of trying to get Dummy Hoy into the Hall of Fame.

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