The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
In 1995, at the age of 43, Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he’d only visited in his mind. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly directed by Julian Schnabel, is a film making tour de force and a fine example of the craft of directing. In addition, the film was nominated for an Academy Award in Cinematography for the fantastic work by Janusz Kaminsky. For the discerning Dharma student, the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, is a beautiful reminder of the fleeting nature of our human faculties and the unmatched power of the human mind.