Cinema: Color-Blind

A Patch of Blue takes some getting used to. It starts as a pointless little tearjerker, then turns abruptly into contemporary hope opera. To save it from itself requires extraordinary skill, and the movie is fortunate in having miracle workers at hand.

Unseeing, hopelessly ignorant because she has never been to school, a blind girl gropes through a squalid, nightmare life. Her name is Selina. All day long she sits alone in a city tenement, stringing costume-jewelry beads to earn her keep. Her grandfather (Wallace Ford) is a maudlin old drunk. Her mother (Shelley...

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