Deafula (1975) (part 2 of 10)

Cut to our title character, sitting out in the woods somewhere, staring into space and contemplating who knows what. There’s a wavy effect applied to the screen, much like a Family Ties clip show, and suddenly we’re watching a boy with shaggy hair playing on a swing set. Again going out on a limb, I’ll say this is Young Steve/Deafula. An older man approaches with a puppy, a little husky, and the boy just hugs the life out of the dog.

Cut to the same older man, now standing behind an altar in a priest’s collar, and saying mass. And since this is a movie made by the hearing-impaired, for the hearing-impaired, the guy delivers mass entirely in sign language. Are there really churches where the priest delivers mass in sign language? I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’ve just never heard of it.

Caption contributed by Albert

“Oh, dear Lord, why did you make me look like Stan Lee?”

He signs away, while a dubbed voiceover translates his sermon for us. Every now and then, there’s a shot of shaggy-haired Young Steve in a pew, looking on and smiling. So, let me again go out on a limb, and assume that the priest is Steve/Deafula’s dad. This is a risky assumption, I know, especially when the credits just told us that a guy would be playing “Minister (Deafula’s Dad)”, but I’m just going balls out here, and there’s not a damn thing you can do to stop me.

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Multi-Part Article: Deafula (1975)

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