My Left Foot

Posted February 19th, 2003 by Anthony

In one of those small clues in the press about how disability is being viewed, I noticed the inclusion of the movie “My Left Foot” (MLF) in a list of movies about artists in the Sunday, February 16, SF Chronicle. (Sunday’s Pink Section ) The list was created to give video rental ideas to people who are interested in the new movie “Pollock.” Having received the obligatory Best Actor Oscar for bravely portraying a disabled person I thought the world viewed MLF as a crip flick like. Rain Man and Born on the Fourth of July. To see MLF listed with “Basquiat” and “Lust for Life” was exciting. I like the movie and Daniel Day-Lewis’s portrayal of Christy Brown’s anger and frustrations. It really gives me hope that disabled people are becoming included in the mainstream without having to give up our disability identity and pride.

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