Alexander Graham Bell: The Sound and the Silence


Biography, Drama

Directed by John Kent Harrison
Cast: John Bach, Ian Bannen, Vanessa Vaughan


This miniseries depicts the life of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and dedicated teacher of the deaf.  Bell’s lifelong deafness is what inspires him to develop a practical electric hearing-aid device that leads to the invention of the telephone.  Bell has a childlike curiosity about everything around him.  He’s an accomplished pianist, an author, lecturer, and inventive genius – from the Venetian blind, the iron lung and hydrofoil to genetics, animal breeding and founding the National Geographic Society – Bell was an extraordinary figure.  Remaining faithful to the facts, John Bach portrays Bell not as a saintly icon but as an irascible, sometimes bombastic maverick.

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