How do you watch a film blindfolded? It is not as difficult as it seems.
A few days ago, I found myself recommending a film to a friend. The film was Michael Haneke’s The Seventh Continent. The friend proceeded to look it up on IMDb and inadvertantly discovered what happened in the film, which, for that particular movie, completely ruined the experience of watching it with absolutely no prior knowledge whatsoever. This happens so much; even something as simple as a plot summary can take a lot out of the film, as can reading reviews of films before watching them. So I am going to challenge you to do something you may not be used to: rent a movie, put it in the DVD player and watch it with absolutely NO prior knowledge of anything about the film. Don’t read a review, don’t even look at the back cover. Try not to know a single thing, and just watch it. I’ve found the experience to be much, much different to watching a film with knowledge about it beforehand. And the experience is always – always – better.
So go ahead and do it yourself. Watch a film completely blindfolded, and report back here to share the experience with me and fellow readers. Thanks!